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James Harden cleared to by doctors, coach rests him

Apr 25, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

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James Harden, the victim of a Metta World Peace elbow on Sunday that left him with a concussion, was cleared by doctors in time to play for the Thunder on Wednesday night.

However, coach Scott Brooks said the team decided to rest him Wednesday as a precaution. Harden sat out the Thunder’s last game of the regular season, a 106-101 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He is expected to practice with the team this week and be ready to go for them when the playoffs start this weekend.

To be cleared, Harden had to pass a series of both physical and computer tests, all tests he (and every NBA player) took before the season as a baseline.

For some, World Peace’s suspension should have been tied to how long Harden was out. However, NBA commissioner David Stern said that after reviewing the evidence he thought seven games was appropriate. He will miss the first six Lakers playoff games.

Harden is a key part of the Thunder attack and is the almost certain Sixth Man of the Year winner this year.

  1. dembois - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:47 AM


  2. BigBeachBall - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    OKC vs. Lakers in round 2 would be watchable… lots of good story lines there… fisher against his old team, harden getting revenge, durant vs kobe….

    • redbullenergydrink - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:57 AM

      My money’s on the Thunder.

      • BigBeachBall - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:13 AM

        before the artest debacle i would have agree’d but now there’s an element of streetball that just got introduced to the show…so who knows….

  3. allball23 - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    Thunder in 6. The lake show will be over.

  4. stayhigh_247 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    The message to Harden is shut up and play! If these teams meet OKC will more focused on revenge and not the task at hand. KD is always legit but what about Westbrook, Ibaka, Perkins? Somebody on OKC has to take a cheap shot at a Lakers player at some point. This will be good tv, and im callin in sick…

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