James Harden finished Sunday's game with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, making 10-of-11 FTs but only 2-of-12 FGs in 27 minutes of action.
The Scoop:He missed a few days with a minor hip injury but looked good vs. the Warriors, and the injury isn't a concern heading into the regular season. Harden vowed to improve his defense this year but fantasy owners will be happy if he keeps up the offensive fireworks -- he's averaged at least 25 points, 2.3 triples and 5.8 assists during his two seasons with Houston, while racking up phenomenal weighted-FT percentages.
The Scoop:This is good news for the Rockets as a sore hip has kept their leading scorer out of action for the past few days. Harden never seemed to be in any danger of missing time during the regular season and should be a first-round pick in fantasy drafts.
The Scoop:It sounds a lot like the hip injury Dirk Nowitzki just got over and Harden would probably be playing in a regular season game. He just has a bruise and he should be ready for game action by the end of next week. Harden is going to do a heck of of a lot for an up-tempo offense, so he should be off the board in the first five picks in standard drafts. Troy Daniels and Nick Johnson will get a little extra burn tonight.
The Scoop:The injury is not considered serious, but there's no reason to risk anything during the preseason, so he's not going to play. Harden averaged 25.4 points, 6.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 three-pointers, 3.6 turnovers, and 1.6 steals on 45.6 percent shooting from the field last season with the Rockets, and those numbers are worthy of a top-5 selection in any format.