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Playoffs 2019

NBA playoffs 2019: Rockets' James Harden on struggling with eye injury in Game 2: 'I barely could see'

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Houston Rockets star James Harden left Game 2 worse for wear after he was inadvertently hit in the eye by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green in the first quarter their 115-109 loss at Oracle Arena.

Harden stayed down on the court during a timeout and was attended to by the Rockets' medical staff before he briefly left the game to go to the locker room for treatment, before returning for the second quarter.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni told TNT's Allie LaForce that Harden was "bleeding from the eye" and as the game wore on it was evident he was struggling, in particular with the bright lights in the arena.

Harden was back on the Rockets' bench during a timeout with 9:38 remaining in the second quarter, coming back into the game with 7:09 to play.

According to LaForce, Harden suffered a lacerated left eyelid after being hit across both eyes.

Harden, who finished the game with 29 points on 9-of-19 shooting, adding seven rebounds and four assists, told reporters post-game that he "barely could see" following the injury.

"I just tried to go out there and do what I can to help my teammates," Harden added. "It's pretty blurry right now, so hopefully it gets better day by day."

Green went to check on Harden after the incident, explaining to reporters post-game that it was an accident and he just wanted to make sure he was ok.

"We were fighting for a rebound and I made a mistake and hit him in his eye," Green said. "Just to check on him. It's not about hurting anybody out here. At the end of the day, it's bigger than basketball when it comes to injuries."

With the Warriors now holding a commanding 2-0 lead, the series now shifts to Houston for the next two games as the Rockets look to get back in the series.

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