Rockets’ James Harden expected to play against Mavericks after X-rays negative

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Rockets’ James Harden first injured his wrist last Sunday in a win over the Celtics and then aggravated it again Friday against the 76ers.

The Rockets had a scare when star guard James Harden went down with an apparent wrist injury in Friday’s game against the 76ers.

However, he is expected to play Sunday against the Mavericks, according to a report from ESPN.

Harden, who recorded a double-double in the 107-91 win with 31 points and 10 rebounds, went down in the first half and briefly exited the game.

He first injured his wrist last Sunday in a win over the Celtics and then aggravated it again Friday night. But, after X-rays on his injured right wrist were negative, he will see playing time as Houston hopes to extend its winning streak to eight games.

Harden leads the NBA in scoring with 36.6 points a game and has been a staple in one of the league’s top offenses.

He said when he fell Friday that he was worried the injury was worse than it was. Now, he will focus on not falling on it.

“That’s the only thing I can do,” Harden said. “Keep icing it, keep getting treatment on it. But when you keep falling on it, it keeps aggravating it and it keeps getting worse.”

The Rockets will face the 27-38 Mavs on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

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