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James Harden, cleared to play, makes Disney practice debut

NBA scoring leader James Harden of the Houston Rockets practiced with his team for the first time in more than four months Thursday, saying his arrival at the league’s restart bubble at Walt Disney World was delayed by family issues.

James Harden set to pair with Russell Westbrook and chase title in Houston

James Harden isn’t listening to anyone who is worried about how things will work in Houston with the addition of Russell Westbrook. The Beard is convinced things will be great and believes the move is not only good for the Rockets as they chase their first title since 1995, but that it also is a positive change for Westbrook after being the face of the Oklahoma City Thunder for more than a decade.

James Harden still dealing with eye injury; will play in Game 3

Houston’s James Harden will play in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday despite still dealing with injuries to both of his eyes. He was hit by Draymond Green in Game 2. Harden practiced with the team as they prepare to host Golden State for the first of two games after losing the first two games in California.

James Harden played with blurred vision and stinging eyes

Houston star James Harden hopes his injured eyes benefit from a few days off before Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal. He could barely see on the court let alone read the box score after injuring his eyes when trying for a loose rebound against Draymond Green in Game 2. The reigning MVP still finished with 29 points and seven rebounds, though eye drops he received only helped so much to relieve the discomfort.

Playoff time: 10 things to know for the NBA postseason

Here are some nuggets going into the NBA playoffs: Golden State is trying to reach its fifth straight NBA Finals, which would put the Warriors in a select club. Milwaukee’s penchant for blowouts is a good omen for the Bucks. James Harden has a shot at becoming the 10th player to score 3,000 points in a season. Kawhi Leonard is back in the playoffs, looking to recreate past magic. Stephen Curry is on the brink of a 3-point record. And the playoff teams are vying for a share of nearly $22 million.

NBA roundup: James Harden scores 42 points to help Rockets beat Celtics

James Harden had 42 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets held on the beat the Boston Celtics 115-104 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory, at Boston. Harden made six 3-pointers and scored 40 or more points for the 24th time this season. Houston entered the day in fifth place in the Western Conference standings, a game behind of fourth-place Oklahoma City.