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James Harden could return against the Warriors

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The MVP candidate has been out with an injury, but could return just in time for a highly-anticipated game.

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors will play the Houston Rockets on Saturday in the third matchup between the two top teams in the West. And thankfully for NBA fans, both teams may be at full strength.

Rockets superstar James Harden, who hasn’t played since a New Year’s Eve victory against the Los Angeles Lakers, might return to take on the Dubs.

A healthy Harden could make for a terrific game. In most people’s eyes (and by most metrics), Harden and Stephen Curry have been the two best players in the NBA this season. Unfortunately, both have been hampered by injuries: Curry by a sprained ankle, and Harden by a strained hamstring.

Even if Harden is healthy, the Rockets may not be at full strength. After Houston’s loss on Monday to the Los Angeles Clippers, tempers flared from both teams. In what likely amounted to a very bizarre scene, players from the Rockets (including Harden and Chris Paul) attempted to get into the Clippers’ locker room following the game.

Just check out some of these reports . . . the police were even involved!

Because of the actions that went down, it’s likely that some Houston players will be suspended by the league.

The Rockets play on Thursday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but that’s their only game before Saturday. If anyone receives suspensions for multiple games, or if the league is a few days delayed in determining punishment, it could impact who is available against the Warriors.

It’s kind of a win-win for Warriors fans. Either the Rockets are at full strength, which should make for a great game, or the Rockets are missing players because they wanted to fight Austin Rivers, which is absolutely hilarious.

You can’t lose!