James Harden suffered a worrisome eye injury Tuesday night when Draymond Green inadvertently swiped him across the face while fighting for a rebound during the Golden State Warriors’ Game 2 win over the Houston Rockets.
He was left with a laceration on the inside of his left eyelid and told reporters after the game that he had trouble seeing when he returned the game in the second quarter.
“I could barely see,” Harden said. “It’s pretty blurry right now. Hopefully it gets better day by day.”
Mike D’Antoni said during the game that Harden was bleeding from the eyes, and Harden frequently shielded his eyes during breaks in play after he returned.
Doctor visit leaves Rockets optimistic
On Wednesday, ESPN reported that Harden immediately visited an eye doctor after returning to Houston. Harden escaped cornea damage, and the Rockets are optimistic that his vision won’t be affected for Saturday’s Game 3 and beyond, according to the report.
The Rockets trail the Warriors, 2-0 and need Harden to be at his best to avoid digging an 0-3 hole in the best-of-seven series.
Despite the injury that forced him to miss a significant portion of the first half, Harden led the Rockets in scoring with 29 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the field on Tuesday.
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