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Thunder notebook: James Harden suffers back injury

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: February 13, 2011 at 11:38 pm •  Published: February 13, 2011

With just over 10 minutes left in Sunday's game at Golden State, James Harden was knocked to the floor by Warriors guard Monta Ellis. Harden remained on the floor in pain before getting up and slowly walking back to the bench.

Harden came out of the game, and the team's training staff examined him briefly during a timeout before wrapping his back. Harden did not return to the game.

“I just fell on it and felt pain in my back,” Harden said. “Hopefully, I'll get some treatment on it and be able to rest up.”

SUNDAY WOES

The Thunder fell to 2-7 in Sunday games following its 100-94 loss at Golden State.

The only other day of the week that Oklahoma City has a losing record is Tuesday, a day in which the Thunder is 1-2.

“Maybe we're not meant to play on Sundays,” Brooks said.

SKILLS CHALLENGE VOTING CLOSING SOON

Today is the final day to vote for this year's Skills Challenge participants at All-Star Weekend. Voting closes at 10:59 p.m.

Fans can vote for four players to compete against New Orleans point guard Chris Paul. The options are Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, L.A. Clippers guard Baron Davis, Sacramento guard Tyreke Evans, L.A. Lakers guard Derek Fisher, San Antonio's Tony Parker, Golden State's Stephen Curry, Chicago's Derrick Rose or Washington rookie guard John Wall.

To vote, fans can log onto NBA.com/chooseyoursquad.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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