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James Harden practices Tuesday, likely to play Wednesday

James Harden

Houston Rockets guard James Harden prepares for a free-throw during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. Memphis defeated Houston 93-85. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)


James Harden sat out for a game with a sprained ankle Monday night and the Rockets responded with a little “Linsantity” flashback. Well except for the winning part, the Spurs did that.

But things look like they will be back to normal for the Rockets on Wednesday.

James Harden returned to practice Tuesday, tweets Jonathan Feigan of the Houston Chronicle.

Rockets guard James Harden practicing today; should be able to return from sprained ankle tomorrow vs. Wizards.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 11, 2012

Harden rolled his ankle in the first half of Saturday’s game against Dallas, he tried to play through it but didn’t move as well in the second half. He did not go Monday night against the Spurs, when Jeremy Lin went off for 38 points.

What the Rockets need now is that aggressive Lin to pair with Harden. It’s a process there.