Most of the media coverage of Metta World Peace's flagrant elbow on James Harden focused on World Peace's seven-game suspension, but the more pertinent issue is Harden's health. The Thunder guard, a rising star in the league, has not played since Sunday with a concussion, raising the possibility that he may miss playoff games.
However, in an interview with reporters, NBA commissioner David Stern said he thinks Harden will be recovered by the time the Thunder play its first playoff game this weekend.
David Stern: "We have reason to believe James (Harden) will be available for the playoffs."— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) April 25, 2012
Harden has been described as "day to day" by the Thunder since the elbow, but tweeted on Tuesday that he is "feeling good." The third-year guard is a prime candidate for Sixth Man of the Year, averaging 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this season.