Houston Rockets guard James Harden left Sunday's exhibition game against the Orlando Magic because of a knee bruise, and it was a scary situation at first. After the game, though, his teammates expressed that they didn't expect it to be a major issue, via the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen:
Rockets coach Kevin McHale said that he had been given no update on the severity of the injury after the Magic had rallied back from a 22-point first-quarter deficit to take a 123-119 win. Harden left without speaking, but did not seem to have difficulty walking.
Rockets players did not seem overly concerned, offering an indication of Harden's reaction.
“He said it's not really that serious,” Rockets guard Ty Lawson said. “We just want him to get better and get healthy so he can get back to playing well.”
“You kind of know if it's serious,” said Corey Brewer, who was waiting to check in for Harden before Harden even reached mid-court. “I think he just bumped it a bit. Preseason lasts a long time. He has time to heal.”
The superstar collided with Evan Fournier on a fast break late in the first half, and he slowly limped off the court. He did not return.
Obviously, any sort of problem with Harden would be a huge concern for the Rockets. While they dealt with an assortment of injuries last season, the MVP runner-up only missed one game all year. It's great news that it does not appear to be something that will set him or the team back.