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James Harden to miss next two games due to left hamstring strain

The Rockets will re-evaluate Harden before the team's road trip next week

Houston Rockets star James Harden will miss the team’s next two games after he suffered a Grade 1-Plus left hamstring strain during Wednesday night’s 100-89 loss to the Utah Jazz.

Harden underwent an MRI on Thursday to diagnose the strain. The Rockets plan to re-evaluate Harden prior to the team’s upcoming road trip.

Harden left Wednesday night’s game in the fourth quarter because of hamstring tightness. He scored 29 points and headed to the locker room with just more than five minutes remaining in the game.

After the game, Harden said about his injury: “Just felt tightness in my left hamstring. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”

Harden missed seven games last season with a Grade 2 hamstring strain and said this was not the same type of injury as that one.

”It’s nothing serious. Nothing serious,” he said after Wednesday’s loss. ”It’s not close to last year. Just being cautious.”

D’Antoni said Harden, who won his first MVP award last season, felt the tightness early in the game, and when he said it had returned after a basket in the fourth, D’Antoni decided to send him to the locker room.

“When he made that one drive he felt it again,” D’Antoni said after last night’s game. ”He’ll be re-evaluated … it’s a hamstring but I don’t know what type (of injury). We’ll find out about it tomorrow.”

When asked if he thought the injury was serious, D’Antoni said he had “no idea.”

The Rockets also announced forward James Ennis suffered a Grade-2 right hamstring strain during Sunday’s game against the LA Clippers. Like Harden, Ennis will miss the next two games and be re-evaluated before the Rockets’ upcoming road trip, which begins on Friday, Nov. 2 in Brooklyn.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.