“He's fine,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “It would be different if you go to the basket, one of his monster dunks, and he gets clipped and falls on his head. That might be a little different the next time he goes to the basket.”
Nope, said Harden. Not even that would change his aggression.
“Even if it was an injury in the flow of the game, that's still not going to stop me from attacking and making plays and being aggressive out there,” Harden said.
Aggression is Harden's style. He's been a solid 3-point shooter this season (39 percent), but Harden's primary production comes from his constant drives to the basket.
“He's an old-school type of player,” Durant said. “He gets going, he can find a way to get to the rim, get to the (foul) line. I'm sure he's just ready to play.
“James is a strong person. He's a positive person. He doesn't let anything like that bring him down.”
Harden has blossomed into a star in his third NBA season. He's the leading contender for the league's Sixth Man of the Year Award.
“He's a tough individual,” Brooks said. “He's a competitive player. He'll be fine. (Friday) helped. Just seeing him practice. It's good to have him back. We missed him.”