James Harden admits injury woes in Rockets win over Hornets: ‘I couldn’t make a shot’
The 29-year-old said he was still trying to “figure out” how to move on the court as he struggled to make hoops.
Harden managed to finish the night with 30 points despite clocking up consecutive missed shots from behind the arc.
“I wish I could just only score the basketball and I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Harden said.
“Luckily I am able to do more things than just score the basketball.
During that game on Monday he missed all of his 10 attempts from three-point range and he continued that trend for most of the game against the Hornets.
Harden shot 10-of-29 from the field and only made one of his 11 attempts from three-point range.
And Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni echoed Hardens concerns as he claimed his star player wasn’t at his best on the night.
“He’s just out of sync a little bit,” D’Antoni said about Harden.
“He had those 11 days out.
“At the start of the year it takes him three, four, five games to get back in his rhythm.
“He’ll be fine.”
The reigning MVP said he was feeling “good” as he continued his recovery from a neck injury, which saw him to miss a game against the Golden State Warriors last week.
“I’m good, I am getting back to.. I wouldn’t say a rhythm because I couldn’t make a shot,” Harden added.
“It just feels good to be back on the court.
“I’m still trying to figure out how to run and move my neck at the same time and get a feel for the game.
“I’ll be alright.”
Victory for the Rockets extended their winning streak to three games and Harden insists the team know how important it is to put in a good sequence of results in the lead up to the playoffs.
“We know how important these remaining twenty something games are,” he said.
“The proceedings offer us the opportunities to put ourselves in the position to be ready for the post-season.”
During the game, Houston let a 15-point first-half lead slip away, but a 13-0 run from the Rockets in the fourth gave them a 108-98 lead, which they held still the final buzzer.
Harden continued: “We are clicking, especially defensively.
“Obviously offensively we are making the game a lot more easier, I think that is one of the reasons we get out on transition.
“We were making shots in that second quarter but defensively we got after it.
“And when we start making shots, it is going to make all of our games a lot easier.”
Next up for the Rockets are the Miami Heat, who they will host on Thursday.