Dec 15, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) holds his ankle after a play against the Sacramento Kings during the third quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Houston Rockets 106-91. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden's ankle injury 'not as bad' as Houston Rockets thought

The Houston Rockets received some good news on Monday afternoon in regards to James Harden‘s ankle injury.

The talented shooting guard suffered the injury on Sunday evening against the Sacramento Kings, but considering his recent rash of ankle and toe injuries, there was significant concern Harden may have re-aggravated the problem.

Thankfully though that doesn’t appear to be the case as fill-in head coach Kelvin Sampson said the injury ‘is not as bad‘ as originally thought:

Omer Asik (thigh), Jeremy Lin (back), Chandler Parsons (back), Terrence Jones (flu) along with James Harden did not practice.

There’s no word on if Harden will practice in the immediate future or if he’ll be ready for Houston’s upcoming game against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

Regardless, it seems as if both Harden and the Rockets avoided any serious setbacks and he isn’t likely to miss much time, assuming he misses any at all.

That said – Harden did reiterate this afternoon that the ankle is quite painful to walk on, so it’s a situation to keep an eye on.

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