James Harden will be a game-time decision for Friday night’s game against the Timberwolves according to Rockets head coach Kevin McHale.
Harden has been nursing a sore right foot since injuring it on Feb. 12 against Golden State. He has missed only one game, and averaged 26.9 points, 7 assists and 4.6 rebounds in the last 10 games.
“We’ll see how he feels tonight,” said McHale following Friday morning’s shootaround. “James has got a couple things going on in his foot that’s bothering him. We’ve just got to figure out what approach is going to help him maintain at least the amount of healing that needs to take place from here on out. I mean, ideally, you’d say yeah, we take three weeks off, but I don’t think we’re at that point. He’s got to figure out how much rest and activity he can do and still get some healing into that foot.
“I want his foot to be better a week from today and I also want him to be able to play if he can. He’s our top guy, but if those are not compatible then you’ve got to make some other decisions.”
Harden said he hopes to play against Minnesota, but wouldn’t commit after the shootaround.
“That’s my intention every game,” he said. “Now whether I can play before the game, that’s a different story. But my intention is to go out there and compete every night. We’re trying to make the playoffs. I’ve got to look at the bigger picture.
“It’s just the same injury I had since the Golden State game – just some throbbing in my right foot. But it’s nothing too crazy … I’m a little bit more cautious now because the way I hurt it was when I was trying to ‘Euro’ and stepped on David Lee’s foot, so I’m just trying to be more cautious with what I do and where I plant.