James Harden injury update: Rockets star to return Thursday vs. Timberwolves

James Harden is back.

The five-time All-Star has been sidelined for a little over two weeks with a hamstring injury, but coach Mike D’Antoni announced Harden will start Thursday night against the Timberwolves.

The Rockets are 4-3 in Harden’s absence, and they will be without Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green against Minnesota after the NBA suspended them two games for entering the Clippers’ locker room after Monday night’s game.

Season Points scoring allows you to assign a given point value to each individual statistical category (i.e. HR=4, RBI=1, etc.) Standings are based on the accumulation of points covering all statistical categories and combined into one total points column. The team with the most overall points wins.

Some leagues use two divisions with the winner of each division granted the top two seeds in the playoffs, and the two or four next-best records earning the other playoff berths.

Hood is averaging 16.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, but he has been virtually out of the starting lineup since early November and seen his minutes go down as Mitchell’s have gone up.

The 25-year-old will be very intriguing in trade talks as he has height, length and can shoot. Plenty of teams will come calling to ask about him and apparently mutliple teams have already expressed interest.

They have assisted on 24 of Adebayo’s 89 baskets this season, the bulk of which have come off dribble penetration. Whenever one of them is able to draw Adebayo’s defender away from him, they can lob the ball to the basket confidently knowing he’ll be in position to score.

“It’s building chemistry. Every game building chemistry with my teammates,” Adebayo said. “If they throw it up there and trust we’re gonna go get it. Just having that trust in me, and me trusting them, that they’re gonna throw it to me.”packers_003

Players should get like five self-hand-gazes per season

This is getting out of hand. Every time a player scores with his weak hand, he holds it out in front of him and stares wide-eyed at it as if he has pulled a magic trick even he cannot believe. It doesn’t matter if the shot is a ho-hum uncontested layup.

I’m not sure who started this trend, but we need a hard per-player limit on it. Overexposure kills the appeal of anything. If James Harden mimed the “I’m cookin'” gesture after every big shot, we’d roll our eyes.

Players should get like five self-hand-gazes per season, and they should be required to save them for high degree of difficulty shots. Drop in a lefty jump hook in traffic, over some big fella’s outstretched arm? Stare at that thing like Bart after the cute neighborhood babysitter spit in his palm. Just don’t overdo it.

The first suspension — after a DUI charge for marijuana possession in August 2014 — infuriated Lisa Bell. For 40-plus years, Lisa kept a dry house for her children. But Bell, she says, has always been her most independent — and impulsive — child: When she told a 5-year-old Bell that he couldn’t reach into the cookie jar on top of the fridge, he scaled the kitchen counters while she wasn’t looking. She wasn’t pleased with this second suspension, either, but she believes her son has remained clean and is passing all of his drug tests.

The whole ordeal was a bit clumsy, but Bell said he wanted his explanation on social media for a moment, not forever.

“[The Steelers] know I’m not a bonehead,” Bell says. “I just had some things I had to improve on. I understand now that I’m representing my family, my team and the people around me. Things are magnified now. I maybe didn’t realize all the way at first.”