With the start of the playoffs just days away, Rockets guard James Harden remained in Houston for treatment on his sore right ankle.

He has been dealing with soreness in the ankle throughout much of the season and it is not considered a reason for concern, but Rockets coach Kevin McHale said he had planned to sit out Harden whenever the Rockets clinched homecourt advantage in the playoffs’ first round.

“It’s kind of been something that has bothered him off and one all season,” McHale said. “It’s not a major deal, but it is something we’ve been kind of managing. We wanted to get our spot solidified earlier so we could give him extra time. I think having yesterday off, today off, tomorrow we’re going to do a bunch of film and prep work before we start working hard on Friday will be good for him.”

Rockets forward Chandler Parsons, who has a sore wrist from his fall in Minneapolis on Friday, will also sit out the season-finale against the Pelicans. Jeremy Lin did not go through shootaround, indicating he would be out. McHale said in addition to Harden and Parsons, there were other players with “nicks and bruises” that could skip the final game.