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James Harden says he can see a little better, will be ready to play Saturday in Game 3

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 accidentally 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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This is where a long four-day break pays off for James Harden and the Houston Rockets.

James Harden says his eye and vision are improving, although it certainly doesn’t look better.

Harden said there is still pain but things are improving, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

“Nah, still tough,” Harden told reporters before Thursday’s practice when asked if the pain has gone away. “Especially in bright lights. But I can see y’all a little bit better, so that’s all that matters.”

All the time off between games will help.

Harden was inadvertently scraped across the eye by Draymond Green during Game 2. Harden was bleeding from a cut on the inside of his left eyelid, plus he suffered an eye contusion.

The Rockets need MVP-level Harden — and for Chris Paul, Clint Capela and the rest of the Rockets to step up — in Game 3 or this series will be all but over. Houston’s season is on the line Saturday night; hopefully Harden’s vision will not blur the result for the Rockets.