Updates & News
James Harden, who missed his second straight game Wednesday with a bruised thumb, is listed as day-to-day with the Rockets off until Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
With three days in between games, the Rockets will have plenty of time to evaluate Harden prior to Saturday's contest. Barring any setbacks, fantasy owners should expect to have Harden back in their starting lineup against the Cavaliers.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Antonio Smith may sit out practice this week.
Smith is the subject of a child abuse investigation in Texas. The case has been dragging on for some time now, with the DA sifting through the report from the Fort Bend County Sheriff since February. Even if the case is ultimately dropped by the prosecutor, Smith could still face discipline from the league as part of its effort to improve its public image, as part of the personal conduct policy under the CBA between the players union and the league. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson
Avisail Garcia left Monday's game with a knee injury.
Garcia left after less than two innings of action on Monday. He was coming off a knee issue that held him out two games before playing again on Sunday, where he went 1-for-2 with a strikeout. A problem significant to force him from the game, occurring with the same body part that sidelined him last week is of concern, so stay tuned for an update on his situation. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson