Check out James Harden's eyes days before Game 3 of Rockets-Warriors

Check out James Harden's eyes days before Game 3 of Rockets-Warriors

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.

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.  

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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. 

NBA rumors: Warriors believe Anthony Edwards can be franchise guy, help now

NBA rumors: Warriors believe Anthony Edwards can be franchise guy, help now

If the Warriors win the NBA draft lottery -- and choose not to trade the selection -- who will they take with the No. 1 overall pick?

Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reported in April that Georgia guard Anthony Edwards likely would be the choice. And on Tuesday, he provided an even deeper explanation.

"Golden State believes, per a league source, that Edwards is one of the few players available in this draft who can contribute immediately and develop into a face of the franchise within the next few seasons," Letourneau writes.

This would be the ideal outcome for the franchise. A fully healthy Warriors roster -- which in theory would include some significant additions this offseason -- wouldn't need major contributions from Edwards right away. The Atlanta native just turned 19 years old last week, and he would have the luxury of learning from Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins.

Edwards could somewhat take his time adjusting to life as a professional, and soak up as much knowledge as possible as he continues to learn the nuances of the game.

And throughout that process, the goal would be for Edwards to realize his potential, become an All-Star level player and help carry the franchise into its next iteration.

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But the truth is that this possible plan is far from a guarantee. In the eyes of many draft analysts, Edwards is not a sure-fire prospect. Yes, he averaged 19.1 points per game as a freshman for the Bulldogs, and had some incredible performances.

But he shot 40 percent overall and just 29.4 percent from 3-point range over 32 games.

"I think he needs to work on attacking the basket a little more," Edwards' brother, Antoine, told Dell and Sonya Curry in May. "He settles for the jump shot a lot when he's pretty strong and big. He gets to the hole with contact -- people slapping and grabbing his arm -- and he still can lay the ball up.

"You do that with ease. Why sit out there and make a difficult shot when you do something easy?"

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The lottery will be held next Thursday, Aug. 20, and this whole discussion could become a moot point if the Dubs slip to say No. 4 or No. 5, and Edwards goes in the top three.

Isn't it wild how ping pong balls can alter the course of NBA history?

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NBA rumors: Warriors' Klay Thompson, Steph Curry held workout together

NBA rumors: Warriors' Klay Thompson, Steph Curry held workout together

Steph Curry and Klay Thompson last took the court together during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

Well, that is not entirely accurate.

Klay went through a workout with Steph at some point over the last couple months, sources told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes.

It's unclear if the Splash Brothers united somewhere in the Bay Area, or if the training session was held in Southern California.

While it's possible they meet up again, it remains highly unlikely they will get the opportunity to practice with their Golden State teammates in an official capacity until training camp for the 2020-21 season begins. And that date is unknown at this point, although the NBA reportedly is targeting somewhere around Nov. 10.

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Warriors team officials and medical personnel have not gotten the chance to examine Klay up close and personal, because he hasn't been to Chase Center since the season was shut down in mid-March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the five-time All-Star has repeatedly said he feels 100 percent healthy, and can't wait to put on his Warriors uniform again.

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