Houston’s Harden out for at least 2 games

James Harden is the NBA’s reigning Most Valuable Player. (AFP pic)

HOUSTON: Houston Rockets guard James Harden will miss at least two games with a hamstring strain, the team announced on Thursday.

An MRI showed Harden has a Grade 1-plus left hamstring strain. He will miss home games against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday and will be re-evaluated before the Rockets leave for a five-game road trip that begins November 2 in Brooklyn.

Harden, the reigning league Most Valuable Player, sustained the injury on Wednesday night in a 100-89 loss to the Utah Jazz and left the game midway through the fourth quarter with hamstring tightness. He scored 29 points.

Last season, he missed seven games with a Grade 2 hamstring strain.

Through four games this season, the 29-year-old Harden is averaging 28.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and nine assists in 36 minutes per game.

In other injury news, the Rockets announced that small forward James Ennis also underwent an MRI on Thursday and has a Grade 2 right hamstring strain. Like Harden, he will miss two games and be re-evaluated before the road trip.

The team also announced that centre Nenê had an MRI on Wednesday that revealed a right calf strain. He will go through rehab and be re-evaluated in about two weeks.