When the Portland Trail Blazers line up against the Houston Rockets next Tuesday, they will not face All-NBA guard James Harden, who is down with a hamstring injury. Harden’s status will keep him out for the next two games. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported the prognosis.
The Rockets say James Harden (hamstring) will miss the next two games— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 25, 2018
Rockets say: Following an MRI this morning, Harden was diagnosed with a Grade 1-Plus left hamstring strain. https://t.co/oHV6XDjwP7— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 25, 2018
Re: Harden: A Grade 1+ strain means damage has occurred to individual muscle fibers but not to a high enough percentage to classify it as a Grade 2 or partial tear. These injuries usually accompanied by pain with movement but minimal functional loss.— Jeff Stotts (@InStreetClothes) October 25, 2018
Harden is averaging 28.5 ppg, 6.3 rebounds, and 9.0 assists for the Rockets in four games so far this season. He averaged 38.0 ppg against the Trail Blazers in three appearances last season.