By Chris Mascaro
January 28, 2014

James Harden (Scott Halleran/Getty Images) James Harden is averaging 23.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.9 rebounds this season. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

James Harden will not play in Houston's game against the Spurs on Tuesday due to a bruised left thumb, according to Rockets.com reporter Jason Friedman.

Harden, who is a left-handed shooter, injured the thumb in Saturday's loss to the Grizzlies. Jeremy Lin will most likely start in his place.

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The 24-year-old guard is averaging 23.7 points per game this season and is shooting 44 percent from the field.

The Rockets, who are 4-2 without Harden this season, have beaten the Spurs the two times they've met this season. Harden scored 31 points in the first game and 28 in the second.

Harden will likely be a game-time decision on Wednesday in Dallas, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

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