Rockets’ Harden expected to return Thursday

Houston Rockets superstar guard James Harden has been out since Dec. 31 because of a Grade 2 left hamstring strain but is planning to make his return this Thursday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

According to ESPN, Harden should be able to go versus the Wolves barring any setbacks during Wednesday’s practice. Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters Sunday that Harden was progressing well in his recovery.

Harden has missed seven games due to the ailment. The Rockets went 4-3 without him.

On the season, Harden is averaging 32.3 points and 9.1 assists while shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 39.0 percent from beyond the arc.

Harden is also awaiting a disciplinary ruling from the NBA after he was involved in the altercation that took place at Staples Center after the Rockets lost to the Los Angeles Clippers.