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James Harden says he's ready for Game 5 despite sore ankle

Houston Rockets guard James Harden revealed that it's been difficult for him to get a burst on drives to the basket since he rolled his ankle in Game 3 of the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he'll be ready to go for Tuesday's Game 5.

"Got some treatment and I'll be ready to go tomorrow," Harden said before Monday's practice.

Harden went 5-for-16 from the field including going 0-for-7 from three-point range for 16 points in Rockets' 113-109 win in Game 4. It was the fewest points Harden has scored in this postseason.

"It's the playoffs, everybody is banged up so you just got to find a way to fight through it and find a way to help your teammates win games. For me, it's not necessarily scoring, I don't have to score a certain amount of points as long as I'm making the right plays and guys are getting shots everybody is in a good rhythm that's all that matters," Harden said.

Harden, one of the main MVP candidates, who finished second in the league in scoring and first in assists, had battled through a jammed wrist late in the regular season and didn't miss any games. The only game Harden missed was because of the flu.