James Harden missed Monday's game with an ankle injury, but he returned to practice yesterday. Unfortunately, Jeremy Lin suffered his own ankle injury at practice and will be evaluated today. Neither injury was serious, and if Lin has to miss time, it is not expected to be very much time.
According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Harden is expected to return tonight. He tweeted about Harden's return to practice yesterday:
Rockets guard James Harden practicing today; should be able to return from sprained ankle tomorrow vs. Wizards.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 11, 2012
During that practice though, Jeremy Lin rolled his ankle, but he was able to get up and walk off the court under his own power. Feigen says Lin's injury came with just five minutes left in practice when Lin tried to make a cut. He will be a game-time decision tonight.
Harden, since being traded to the Rockets, has shown flashes of greatness. Now that he has a full-time starting role, Harden has been able to show off his skills on a more regular basis. He is averaging 24.7 points per game - the highest average of his career.
Lin, while not quite as hyped up as he was in New York, has been solid for the Rockets. He is averaging 11.4 points per game and 6.1 assists per game. He still turns the ball over on occasion, but he has lowered his turnovers per game ratio compared with last season.