Mike D'Antoni says James Harden could return this week

NBA.com Global on Jan 15, 2018 08:15 AM
Mike D'Antoni says James Harden could return this week
FILE - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- APRIL 23: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets handles the ball during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four during the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2017 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Houston Rockets' schedule this week features contests against two of the top four teams in the Western Conference.

James Harden could potentially be back just in time for those games.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) that Harden could return as soon as Thursday (Friday, PHL time) against Minnesota or for Saturday's (Sunday, PHL time) game against Golden State.

The All-NBA guard has been out since Dec. 31 (Jan. 1, PHL time) with a strained hamstring.

Harden is averaging 32.3 points, 9.1 assists and 1.8 steals per contest, all of which rank among the top 10 in the league. The Rockets have gone 4-2 in his absence.

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