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Warriors vs. Rockets: James Harden out for Houston

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James Harden will not play in tonight’s game between the Rockets and Warriors due to both a neck strain and flu-like symptoms. He also got fined.

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The Golden State Warriors will face the Houston Rockets tonight at 5:30 p.m. PST on ABC in a game that could have served as a preview of how DeMarcus Cousins will fit into the matchup between last year’s Western Conference Finalists.

Alas, James Harden will be out tonight with both a neck injury and flu-like symptoms, as announced earlier this afternoon. There are plenty of relatively easy jokes you could make about this — and Twitter is already doing its thang — but I’m just not in the mood for picking at low-hanging fruit. Let’s just say his reputation precedes him and leave it at that.

On top of the flu and neck pains, Harden was also fined for his comments about the refs on Thursday. So overall, a rough time for him today.

Interestingly, the Rockets have decided to start a big lineup with Harden out tonight with recently acquired Kenneth Faried getting a start tonight at Oracle.

The Warriors, meanwhile, will start a lineup that we’re becoming increasingly familiar with and has proven effective.

Feel free to share your thoughts on Harden, the lineups, or your observations of the game in the comments below.