Harden on foot injury: 'We’ll take it day-by-day'

Harden on foot injury: 'We’ll take it day-by-day'
November 24, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Harden gives update on foot injury

Mar 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) drives the baseline against San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first half at the Toyota Center.

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The Rockets are treating James Harden’s lingering left foot injury as day-to-day, although the plan is to keep him out of the game on Monday night at Memphis.

“We’ll see tomorrow,” Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said. “He started playing when he got a little better before and it came back, so I think we’re going to try to give him an extra couple days. When he starts feeling better now, we’ll try to let it heal up a little bit more.”

Harden sat out Saturday night when the Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 112-101, at Toyota Center. He also sat out Sunday’s light practice, but he did manage to get some shooting in and also lifted weights.

“I’m alright,” Harden said. “I’ve been doing a lot of icing, a lot of treatment, a lot of conditioning. We’ll reevaluate it tomorrow and see what’s going on and go from there.”

Harden has started new treatment on his foot, which includes lasers, massages and different creams. He says the treatment seems to be helping as well as resting and staying off of his foot.

“It’s getting better,” Harden said. “The swelling has gone down a lot. We’ll take it day-by-day.”

McHale said Harden’s return is based on how much pain with which he can play.

“You don’t know what the guy is feeling – everybody’s different,” McHale said.  “I know his foot is bothering him, but only he can tell us when it’s bothering him less to where he can go out there and compete at the level that he wants to compete at. As far as injuries go, it’s all up to the player and the training staff and they’re working on it a lot.”