After injuring his right ankle in the Rockets 116-109 loss to the Mavericks, James Harden will miss his first game of the season according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Harden was listed as probable heading into tonight’ game.
Harden is leading the team in points (24.7), steals (1.8) and player efficiency rating (20.8). The NBA’s reigning sixth man of the year is second on the team in assists per game (5.6), behind Jeremy Lin.
According to Feigen, Carlos Delfino will likely earn his first start of the season. In 12 games off the bench, Delfino is averaging 9.3 points.
Though Harden has established himself as the team’s best player, the Rockets are 2.8 points per 100 possessions better while he’s on the bench according to NBA.com/Stats.