Rockets’ James Harden out Tuesday vs. Spurs with bruised thumb

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The Rockets’ job Tuesday night just got a lot tougher.

James Harden is out for Houston’s showdown with San Antonio Tuesday night due to a bruised thumb, reports CSNNE.com. The injury came Saturday night when the Rockets lost to the Grizzlies.

Here’s why this is especially bad news for Houston: In two games against San Antonio this season, Harden has averaged 29.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6 assists.

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Expect to see Jeremy Lin start and after that some interesting guard combinations from Kevin McHale’s team tonight.