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James Harden ‘can see better,’ vows to play in Game 3

James Harden provided an encouraging update on his eye injuries ahead of Thursday’s practice, and while the Houston Rockets star is still dealing with the aftereffects, nevertheless vowed to play in Game 3.

Harden admitted to still being in pain after being accidentally raked across the face by Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green in a Game 2 earlier this week, and indicated he’s still experiencing sensitivity to light.

“Nah, still tough,” Harden said, via ESPN’s Tim McMahon. “Especially in bright lights. But I can see y’all a little bit better, so that’s all that matters.”

Harden suffered contusions in both eyes and a laceration on the inside of his left eyelid. He was not diagnosed with any damage to his cornea, an extremely positive development.

The Rockets expect Harden to be cleared for Game 3 on Saturday night, and his vision is getting better. Given he said he could “barely see” after Game 2, the hope is his sight continue to improve.

Prior to participating in Thursday’s practice, Harden delivered a terrific and defiant response to whether there was any chance he would miss Game 3, especially with the Rockets staring out of an 0-2 hole in the series.

“I mean if I could play barely seeing last game,” Harden said, “what makes you think I would sit out Game 3?”