Even with the playoffs about to start, the last thing the Oklahoma City Thunder want to do is rush one of their top players back from injury.
The Thunder could again be without key reserve James Harden when they conclude the regular season at home Wednesday night against the playoff-bound Denver Nuggets.
Oklahoma City (47-18) has secured the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, but it's uncertain when Harden will be back. Harden suffered a concussion when he took an elbow to the head from the Lakers' Metta World Peace in Sunday's 114-106 double-overtime loss. Averaging career highs of 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists, Harden will be re-evaluated prior to this contest.
"There are steps that we have to take. We just have to continue that, the process of doing all the steps,'' coach Scott Brooks said.
"We're not going to stop now. No matter who plays, we still have a standard that we have to make sure (we play up to a high standard)."
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