Brooklyn Nets' James Harden: I woke up and couldn't move my right hand

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Brooklyn Nets' James Harden: I woke up and couldn't move my right hand

Brooklyn Nets star guard James Harden said he sat out Saturday's game against the Golden State Warriors because he couldn't move his hand. The Nets ended up losing 110-106 to the Warriors in the Harden absence. "I couldn't move my hand, that's why I didn't play the last game," Harden said, according to ESPN.

"At all. But I can move it, I'm playing." Harden returned to the lineup on Tuesday when the Nets faced the Phoenix Suns. Harden shot just 6-of-19 from the field and scored 22 points in the Nets' 121-111 loss to the Suns.

Harden on when he suffered the right hand strain

"It happened probably a few weeks ago," Harden said of the injury. "Probably two weeks ago. Just from falling, getting to the basket and hitting the ground, so it was already hurting me, but I was just playing through it.

And I lifted weights the day before the game, before we left on the road, and I probably just irritated it or whatnot, so that next morning I woke up and I really couldn't move my hand at all. "It actually woke me up pretty early.

So I was just calling the trainer just to figure out what the hell was going on, and then I got an MRI and it was a strain so it's calmed down, I'm back on the court, just got to keep going." Harden didn't shoot well but Nets head coach Steve Nash wasn't disappointed by Harden's performance.

"I thought he looked good," Nets coach Nash said of Harden. "I think it's a tough assignment. They're long, a lot of two-way players, and they take away his space -- and without Kevin [Durant] or Joe [Harris] out there to draw more attention, it's a lot on him.

But I thought he looked good and did a lot of good things and was close to having a huge game, so, proud of his effort."