April 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Matt Barnes (9) guards Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) during the first half of the game at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

James Harden Injury: Thunder Guard Takes Hard Metta World Peace Elbow

James Harden did not return to Oklahoma City's showdown against the Lakers after Metta World Peace's elbow to the neck.

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James Harden Injury: Thunder Wing Day-To-Day With Concussion Symptoms

Oklahoma City Thunder wing James Harden took a rather nasty elbow on Sunday from Metta World Peace, but it seems as though the swingman won't miss too much time following his team's double-overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Harden has been listed as day-to-day by the team, though it's unlikely he'll play for the Thunder for the remainder of the regular season as they play the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday and the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. The team issued an update on his condition Monday, and he continued to undergo tests (Monday) in Oklahoma City that followed NBA protocol for the concussion.

Harden participated in a series of limited activities per NBA guidelines, but has additional steps that must be taken under the league-mandated concussion policy before he can make his return to the court.

The press release mentioned that Harden would be re-evaluated on Tuesday, meaning another update could come again soon. Considering the severity of concussions, however, it'd be wise to allow as much as time as possible for Harden to heal.

For more on Harden and the Thunder, head over to Welcome to Loud City. Be sure to stick with SB Nation NBA for the latest on the fallout from Sunday's incident as it becomes available.

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James Harden Injury: Concussion Tests Await Thunder Swingman

James Harden suffered perhaps the hardest elbow of the weekend on Sunday -- no small task considering Jon Jones and the UFC held an event on Saturday night -- when he caught in the crossfire of a Metta World Peace celebration during the double-overtime game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Harden was initially cleared to return to the game by the Thunder doctors, but that diagnosis was overruled when it was determined he was suffering from the effects of a concussion. Now, as Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman explains, it could be awhile until Harden is able to rejoin his teammates.

Under the NBA's newly instituted concussion policy, Harden can return to the court only after passing a rigorous evaluation process that could take several days. Once he's considered free of concussion symptoms, Harden must make it through increasing stages of exertion -- from riding a stationary bike, to jogging, to agility work, to individual basketball skills -- while ensuring the symptoms don't return after each stage.

If Harden passes each test the team then has to consult with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the director of the NBA's concussion program, to determine when Harden can return. The NBA's concussion policy went into effect at the start of training camps this season.

There's no telling how long it will take Harden to recover, considering some players have returned just a few days after the initial impact while it takes others months to show that they're free of the symptoms. Hopefully Harden is a member of the former group rather than the latter.

For more on Harden and the Thunder, head over to Welcome to Loud City. Be sure to stick with SB Nation NBA for the latest on the fallout from Sunday's incident as it becomes available.

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James Harden Injury: Thunder Guard Will Not Return After Metta World Peace Elbow

James Harden will not return to Oklahoma City's showdown against the Lakers after Metta World Peace's elbow to the neck.

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