Posted Apr 25 2012 7:39PM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Thunder guard James Harden has been cleared to play after recovering from the concussion he suffered when the Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace elbowed him in the back of the head.
Coach Scott Brooks said before Oklahoma City's game on Wednesday night that Harden passed the league-mandated tests to be medically cleared but was still being held out against Denver as a precaution.
Brooks says Harden "should be fine" to participate in the Thunder's practice sessions leading up to the playoffs this weekend.
World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, was suspended seven games for elbowing Harden. He'll miss the Lakers' regular-season finale Thursday night at Sacramento and then the start of the playoffs.
Listen to all the action from tonight's match-ups between the Heat vs. Spurs and the Clippers vs. Lakers.
|Inside the NBA: Spurs Defeat Heat|
The Inside guys discuss the Spurs win over the Heat.
|Inside the NBA: Suns Top Thunder|
The crew talk about the impressive Phoenix Suns in their victory tonight over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
|Clippers vs. Lakers|
Darren Collison scores 24, Blake Griffin scores 20, and DeAndre Jordan scores 17 as the Clippers rout the Lakers 142-94.
Tim Duncan and LeBron James talk postgame after the Spurs defeat the Heat in San Antonio on Thursday night.