Houston Rockets handed major fitness boost ahead of Bulls clash

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Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden is confident he can shake off a minor injury to be fit for his side's game against the Chicago Bulls.

The 24-year-old sprained his ankle against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday but is hoping to be fit for tonight's clash.

Harden, speaking to ESPN, said on his injury: "[The swelling] definitely went down a lot. So I'm going to be ready to go tonight."

Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale will be desperate to have Harden available for tonight's game as the shooting guard has been in impressive form this season.

The 2012 Olympic gold medalist has the fifth best points per game average - with the Rockets star narrowly behind the likes of Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.

The Rockets, who are second in the Western Conference's Southwest division, will be looking to get back to winning ways on home turf after losing away to the Kings on Sunday.

McHale will be courtside for the first time in three games, as the Rockets head coach took a week out after his mother passed away.

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