Rockets' Harden plays with illness, Lin out

Rockets' Harden plays with illness, Lin out
May 1, 2013, 9:48 pm
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HOUSTON - APRIL 29: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts after Houston takes the lead in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Toyota Center on April 29, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 105-103. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Rockets All-Star James Harden is set to start in Game 5 against Oklahoma City after leaving the morning shootaround because of flu-like symptoms.

Harden was listed in the starting lineup submitted by coach Kevin McHale on Wednesday night. The Rockets face a 3-1 deficit in the first-round series against Oklahoma City, after winning Game 4 to avoid elimination.

Point guard Jeremy Lin was out for the second straight game because of a bruised chest muscle. The Rockets listed Lin as questionable, but he was not in uniform and instead wearing a suit on the bench.