Any time someone is bleeding from their eye, it’s not a good thing.
Harden returned and played well, he scored 29 points on 9-of-16 shooting after the injury. He was attacking the rim, he hit some threes, but through it all he was clearly bothered by his eye. You could see it in his face.
After the game, Harden was shielding his eye from the camera lights in the interview room.
“It hurt,” Harden said. “I could barely see. Just try to go out there and do what I can to help my teammates. It’s pretty blurry right now.
“Can’t see nothing. I barely can see.”
The real question is how his eye and sight will be on Saturday when Game 3 is played in Houston? It’s four days to heal, but how much that helps will depend on the extent of the injury. This is a must-win game for the Rockets and they will need MVP-level Harden to make that happen.