According to a report on Friday, some members of the Golden State Warriors are questioning the severity of James Harden’s eye injury.
The story around Game 1 was the horrific officiating. The story around Game 2 mostly centered around James Harden’s eye injury and Stephen Curry‘s dislocated finger. Now, the story heading into Game 3 is around Golden State questioning the severity of Harden’s eye injury.
Just when the Warriors couldn’t stoop any lower, they surprise us all once again. Draymond Green, who is known for poking opposing star players in the eye and kicking players in the groin, poked Harden in the eyes in Game 2. It didn’t look intentional and was likely an honest mistake, but Harden missed about a quarter of Game 2 and was diagnosed with a contusion in both eyes and a laceration on his left eyelid. When The Beard returned to the floor in the second quarter, both of his eyes were bloodshot red.
When Harden went down, Golden State’s fans showered down boos, even after it was clear that he was really injured. There’s also video of Andrew Bogut mocking Harden on Golden State’s bench during a timeout.
Now, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, some of Golden State’s players are questioning the severity of Harden’s injury, via Bleacher Report.
“They were talking about some of the shots he was shooting during the game, then he gets to the free-throw line and he’s squinting like he can’t see it. They’re not going to take anything for granted, they’re going into go in for the kill in Houston.”
It didn’t matter that Harden missed a quarter of action, or that his eyes were bloodshot red, or that he suffered a contusion in both of his eyes. Nope, because according to a few anonymous players on the Warriors, Harden’s eyes are just fine.
For the Rockets, this is just one extra piece of bulletin board material. Houston should be more than motivated to win both Games 3 and 4 at home.