Rockets’ James Harden to play against Clippers in Hawaii
When the Clippers and Rockets face off for a preseason game in Hawaii on Thursday, Houston's James Harden is expected to be on the court.
"He loves to play so I have to try to keep him 25-30 minutes but he'll play. He'll be there for sure" said Houston's head coach Mike D'Antoni of the 2018 NBA MVP Harden.
"I'm excited. I'm always excited to get away from our comfort zone and to come out whether it's here in Hawaii or a different country," said Harden.
D'Antoni spoke to the media at 'Iolani School's gym before a practice on Wednesday. He went on to explain that his team is scheduled to play in Asia following this Hawaii trip.
"We kind of forced the issue. We wanted to come here. We have our games in Japan next week. So we thought this would be perfect to have a game here and luckily we were able to get the Clippers to work it out," added D'Antoni.
Harden, who led the league with 36.1 points per game last season, should be a crowd favorite on Thursday night after it was announced Russell Westbrook of the Rockets is not expected to play. The Clippers, in Hawaii for their third training camp this year, will not be playing Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George who has been ruled out for the rest of preseason after undergoing right rotator cuff surgery.
Thursday night's game at the Stan Sheriff Center between the Rockets and Clippers sold out within hours of going on sale this summer. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
Gates will open at 5:00 p.m.
Per the NBA policy, fans will be screened by walk-through metal detectors at the arena entrance (cell phones, cameras, keys and other large metal items will need to be removed prior to passing through the metal detectors). No re-entry allowed.
Backpacks, hard-sided bags, and bags larger than 14" x 14" x 6" will not be allowed. All bags subject to search.
The following additional items cannot be brought into the arena by spectators:
Large Banners and Flags: Spectators are not permitted to use or wave flags, banners, signs or other items that are affixed to any pole or stick made of wood, metal, plastic or any other hard material and that is more than 8 inches in length.
Noise Makers (e.g. whistles, foghorns/airhorns, plastic horns, etc…)
Laser Pointers. Laser pointers or any similar devices.
Optical Illusions. Items intended to create optical illusions or interfere with the ability of the eye to perceive depth or distance, such as pin wheels or umbrellas.
Weapons (including guns and knives of all sizes)
Outside food and beverage
Mace or Pepper Spray
Poles, selfie-sticks, missile-like objects that can be thrown
Bats and clubs
Bags larger than 14" x 14" x 6"
Animals or pets (except service animals)
Bicycles, skateboards, carts, etc.
Coolers (all types)
Telephoto Camera Lens (exceeding 4")
Beverage containers (e.g. Hydro flasks and water bottles)
Other restrictions may apply
Use of any prohibited item must be reported to Arena Security and the item must be confiscated.
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