Houston Rockets star James Harden may have gotten the victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, but Harden will have to pay the price for kicking James during a scuffle in the third quarter:
The NBA announced they have upgraded a flagrant 1 call on James Harden in Sunday's game to a flagrant 2 and he will be suspended one game.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) March 2, 2015
Here’s a video of the play:
Harden will miss Tuesday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, which certainly isn’t ideal. The Rockets have really struggled offensively with Harden on the bench this season, putting up just 92.6 points per 100 possessions with him off the court, per NBA.com. It was going to be a tall order to beat the Hawks even with Harden, and now it’ll be even more difficult without him.