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James Harden officially day-to-day with bruised foot

Nov 8, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT

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No, this is not an excuse for how flat-footed and slow his defense has been this season.

However it appears James Harden is hurt — he is day-to-day with a bruised foot tweets Jonathan Feigen of the the Houston Chronicle. Those tend not to keep people out long if at all, and against the Lakers he certainly was aggressive and attacking when he had the ball.

The Rockets play the Clippers Saturday in a rematch of last Monday’s game where Harden was a defensive mess — he was assigned to J.J. Redick early and the Clippers ran Redick off screens like he was vintage Ray Allen. Harden didn’t even try to fight through them. Redick ended up with 15 points in the first quarter and 26 for the game as the Clippers cruised to a win.

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Harden’s defense has been pretty bad all season, and it’s something the Rockets have to fix if they are serious about contending. Right now he is just reaching, not moving his feet. On offense he looks fine, he’s attacking and making plays. But to really take this team where they want to go Harden has to be better at both ends.

  1. losanginsight - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Contending for a 2nd round playoff exit? This guy hogs the ball more than 5xChamp Kobe Bryant.

  2. kb2408 - Nov 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Great observation, Kurt, he certainly didn’t do it playing defense! Dwight will be whining about a lack of defense by the all star break.

  3. losanginsight - Nov 8, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    When did haren ever have any D? Contending for a 1st round playoff exit.

  4. dreamzilla - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    musta happened when he tripped all over those bags of $$$$ when he signed with houston …see where greed gets ya …bad things man …bad things….should never have left OKC ( but thats ok with lamb jackson jones and adams we gotten better off the bench and lovin me some D-FISH as well ) we will be all right and when you are home early in the playoffs and we are in the WCF you will understand why …now go dye your beard green …as in MONEY GREEN

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