After sitting out with a hamstring injury for seven games, Houston Rockets guard James Harden will return to action in Thursday’s game against Minnesota. The Rockets have managed a 4-3 record without the bearded superstar under the lead of point guard Chris Paul. Both Paul and Harden are being investigated in a probe by the NBA after four Rockets players allegedly entered the Clippers locker room following last week’s game in Los Angeles.
During the game, forward Trevor Ariza was seen getting into it with Clippers star Blake Griffin, and even ripped Griffin’s leg tights on one play. Preliminary findings say that Ariza was the primary aggressor in entering the Clippers’ locker room, and Paul and Harden, both of whom were present, were trying to de-escalate the situation.
The Rockets should certainly hope that no disciplinary action falls on Harden or Paul or both. Despite being in second place in the West, they’ve found themselves unable to put both stars on the court at the same time, as both have suffered from injuries of late. They hold a slim lead in the standings over the San Antonio Spurs, and sit 4.5 games back from Golden State for the top spot in the West.