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James Harden after Game 2 loss: ‘I can barely see’

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Two

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 30: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets falls to the floor grabbing his face after being accidentlly poked in the eye by Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 30, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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Any time someone is bleeding from their eye, it’s not a good thing.

That’s what happened to James Harden after an inadvertent blow to the eye from Draymond Green during Game 2.

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.