Rockets’ James Harden: ‘I’m going to be ready to go tonight’

Dec 15, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) controls the ball against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets’ guard James Harden suffered a high ankle sprain during Sunday’s 106-91 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

High ankle sprains can be really painful and linger on, but Harden doesn’t seem to be all that bothered by the injury. In fact, Harden is confident that he will play in the Rockets’ matchup with the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

“[The swelling] definitely went down a lot,” Harden told Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago after Wednesday morning’s shootaround. “So I’m going to be ready to go tonight.”

As for just how well Harden will play?

“Whenever guys step on the court they got to be ready to play,” Harden said. “We need a win tonight, we’re at home, and we just got to get our flow going a little bit so whatever guy is on the court we got to find a way to win.”

Harden is having another fantastic season. He’s averaging 24.7 points, 5.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He’s shooting 44.6% from the field, 31.2% from three and 84.6% from the free throw line.

The Rockets and Bulls will tip-off at 9:30 pm EST Wednesday and the game is on ESPN.

Topics: Houston Rockets, James Harden

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