After tweaking his ankle on Tuesday, James Harden was unable to play last night. The Houston Rockets took to the road to face the Los Angeles Clippers, but without Harden on the floor, the Rockets lost 106-96.
Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports confirmed that Harden would still be available for the All-Star Game.
Rockets James Harden will miss Wednesday's game at Clippers with ankle injury but will be ready for Sunday's All-Star Game.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 13, 2013
Although the injury raised concerns over Harden's status for the All-Star Game, he is still expected to coach the celebrity game and play in the real game. And he'll have time to rest up for both. The Rockets don't play again until next Wednesday.
Harden has been a spark for the Rockets all season long. He is averaging 26.1 points, 5.7 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game this season. Those are all higher than his career averages. Of course, much of his production comes from the ability to start every game. He couldn't do that with Oklahoma City. Under Harden's guidance, the Rockets enter the break with a 29-26 record and cling to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.