James Harden's vision might be better, but the Rockets star's sore eyes are still a sight.
The official diagnosis is that Harden has contusions in both eyes and a laceration on the inside of his left eyelid after Warriors forward Draymond Green hit Harden's face in Game 2 of the teams' NBA playoff second-round series Tuesday night. Unofficially, the bearded guard looks like a Sith Lord.
Zooming in on this photo today from our @coomerchron shows you how irritated James Harden's eye still is two days after getting hit in the face by Draymond Green. https://t.co/FQe0UzNdkL pic.twitter.com/H49W2j9842— Matt Young (@Chron_MattYoung) May 2, 2019
Harden told reporters Thursday that his eyes are still in pain -- "[e]specially in bright lights" -- but that he plans to play through it in Game 3 in Houston on Saturday. Although he said he struggled to see in Game 2, Harden still finished the night with a team-high 29 points, shooting 9-of-19 (47.4 percent) from the field and 3-of-7 (42.9 percent) on 3-pointers. In other words, Harden's game still offers as much to fear as his red-tinted eyes.
The Warriors added insult to the superstar's injury by taking a 2-0 series lead, and can do so again if they win Game 3 and secure an all-but-insurmountable 3-0 advantage.