No cornea damage for Houston Rockets star, per report - News Coverage

No cornea damage for Houston Rockets star, per report

The Houston Rockets are down 2-0 to Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals — but they received some positive news about star James Harden on Wednesday.

According to a report from ESPN early Thursday morning, the Rockets guard did not suffer any damage to his corneas when he was poked in the eye during Game 2 against the Warriors, and his vision is expected to be “completely clear” for Game 3 on Saturday.

Harden said after the 115-109 loss in Game 2 that he “could barely see” after being accidentally poked in the eye by Draymond Green in the first quarter. He was diagnosed with a lacerated left eyelid, and he was still bothered by the issue even during his postgame news conference

“It is pretty blurry right now,” Harden said. “Hopefully it gets better day by day.”

ESPN reported the seven-time all-star saw an eye doctor shortly after the team returned to Houston on Wednesday.

Harden, who has been one of the frontrunners for this season’s MVP award, still mustered 29 points on Tuesday night, even with his vision issues. He will be a focal point for the Rockets as the series shifts back to Houston, where they split two games against Golden State during the regular season.

Contributing: Martin Rogers

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

 

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