HOUSTON – Just four games into the Houston Rockets season, the team has already been hit with a sizable run of injuries, the latest is by far the most concerning. Reigning NBA MVP James Harden left Wednesday night's game against Utah with 5:19 remaining with a Grade 1-Plus left hamstring strain.
Harden will miss the Rockets next two games and will be re-evaluated before the Rockets' upcoming road trip which begins Nov. 2 in Brooklyn.
"He's getting an MRI, so that will tell us something," head coach Mike D'Antoni said Thursday. "It's probably closer to a strain than just tightness, he wouldn't have gone out if it was just tight, so he felt a little bit more, I'm sure."
Following the game, Harden didn't think the injury was too serious, but was trying to be precautionary to prevent a long-term absence.
D'Antoni echoed the same sentiments Thursday, but still left a cloudy picture of the prognosis moving forward.
"He has hamstring tightness and he's being re-evaluated the rest of today and will be evaluated tomorrow and we'll see what happens," D'Antoni said prior to the team's practice on Thursday.
"Long-term I'm not concerned because he'll get over it. He had the same thing last year and missed a few games and that'll happen," he continued.
"I'm concerned about trying to win in the meantime, we have enough guys to hold serve and we have to play better. Whether he's in or not, we're just not playing very well.
After the 100-89 loss to Utah Wednesday, the team fell to 1-3 on the season, with a pair of losses coming in games without Chris Paul, who was serving his two game suspension for his role in the fight with the Lakers last Saturday.
James Ennis sustained a Grade-2 right hamstring strain during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Clippers. He will miss the Rockets next two games and will be re-evaluated prior to the Rockets upcoming road trip.
Nene also underwent an MRI Wednesday and it revealed he has a right calf strain. He will continue rehab and be re-evaluated in two weeks, the team said.