Harden, Lin miss practice; Harden a game-time

Harden, Lin miss practice; Harden a game-time
February 28, 2013, 6:30 pm
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James Harden and Jeremy Lin were in the Toyota Center on Thursday but did not practice.

Harden (knee) and Lin (ankle) watched their teammates practice but were kept out to rest. Rockets officials labeled Harden a game-time decision for when the team plays the Magic on Friday. Lin did do some shooting after formal practice was over and said he will play on Friday night.

“We’ll find out tomorrow,” head coach Kevin McHale said when asked if either player would miss the game against the Magic.

Harden’s injury happened in the second quarter against the Bucks, when he banged knees with Bucks’ guard Monta Ellis. Harden remained down on the floor for a few minutes, but was able to walk off under his own power and returned.

Lin said he twisted his ankle during the first half of Wednesday's game against the Bucks and said his being held out of practice was "just precautionary" and that his ankle is the "same thing he's been dealing with for awhile."

"I'm good," Lin said. "I'll play, for sure.

"It'll be same as always, not exactly 100%, but it doesn't really matter at this point. And so, I'll be fine."

CSNHouston's Howard Chen contributed to this report.