James Harden Suffered A Gruesome Eye Injury Which Instantly Got Turned Into A Viral Meme

James Harden red eyes

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James Harden and the Houston Rockets suffered a 109-115 loss and went down 2-0 in their series against the Golden State Warriors. Harden put up 29-points on the night with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal but his night was almost entirely derailed after a lacerated left eyelid that left him struggling to see.

James Harden suffered an accidental poke to the eye by Draymond Green in the first period and was left with a laceration on his left eyelid and both eyes were inflamed/red and suffered damage. After the game, Harden told reporters “I can barely see.” Harden was bleeding from his eye but somehow managed to check back into the game in the 2nd quarter and went on to put up nearly 30 points.

Look at this picture of his eyes and tell me this isn’t insane:

When I first saw this picture I thought it was a crude photoshop of the ‘Crying Jordan’ overlaid on James Harden’s face until I realized it was legit. But I wasn’t the only person who assumed this picture was meme-related and after I checked Twitter I realized that everyone on #SportsTwitter couldn’t stop themselves from making jokes at the expense of Harden’s injury.


Thanksgiving in a nutshell:

Too real.

Clean up after yourselves.

How a lot of you feel all Spring long:

There it is:

Asked about his injury in the post-game interview, Harden had this to say:

“It hurt,” Harden said. “I could barely see. Just try to go out there and do what I can to help my teammates. It’s pretty blurry right now. Hopefully, it gets better day by day. “Can’t see nothing. Barely can see.”

I know they make some pretty badass steroid eye drops for scratched corneas but I don’t know how they go about fixing a lacerated eyelid or what the extent of the injuries on his eyeballs is. Hopefully, this accidental injury doesn’t throw a wrench in the series as the Rockets are already down 2-0 and they’ll need to be playing at 100% to take this 7 games.