Rockets’ Harden could be back next week

Houston Rockets superstar guard James Harden has been out since Dec. 31 due to a Grade 2 left hamstring strain but could return to the lineup sooner than expected.

According to ESPN Houston, Harden is progressing well with his recovery and should be back on the court next week.

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 three.

The Rockets have the second best record in the West at 28-11 entering Wednesday.