The Nets had hoped to keep their Big Three on the floor for the NBA playoffs, but they have returned to being a Big Two after James Harden suffered another hamstring injury.
Harden played just the first 43 seconds of Brooklyn’s Game 1 win over Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Now networks must wait to find out when, or if, Harden can return in this series.
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What’s next to toughen up? Here’s everything we know about his injury and the latest news on when he can return to the court.
What is James Harden’s injury?
The Nets announced in the first half of Game 1 that Harden suffered a right hamstring injury and would not return.
James Harden (right hamstring) will be out for the remainder of tonight’s game.
– Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) June 6, 2021
Harden was injured on a field goal in the first minute. He grabbed the back of his right leg after making a pass. Brooklyn coach Steve Nash called a timeout a few seconds later and Harden left the court.
Harden reportedly went for an MRI during the game. The results have not been disclosed.
How long will James Harden be out?
Nets coach Steve Nash told reporters after Game 1 that he didn’t know if Harden would return for Game 2 on Monday.
The fact that this is Harden’s second hamstring injury of the year affects the timeline for his comeback. Harden missed 20 games during the regular season with a right hamstring strain. He came back for the final week and then played in all five games of the Nets’ first-round win over the Celtics.
The nets took advantage of some of their depth by rolling to a 115-107 victory. Nash added Mike James to the rotation, and James responded with 12 points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes, a season-high. He played 10 minutes total in the Celtics series. Tyler Johnson and Chris Chiozza played the final 86 seconds of Game 1 with the result already decided.
Notably, Kyrie Irving played 45 minutes as the main point guard.
James Harden stats for the 2021 playoffs
- 23.2 points per game
- 6.2 rebounds per game
- 8.8 assists per game
- 1.7 steals per game
- 2.3 turnovers per game
- 30.5 minutes per game
- 55.6 percent of shots
- 47.5 percent from 3-point shots
- 90.9 percent free throws