The Brooklyn Nets got some positive news on the injury front ahead of Game 5 Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second-round playoff series tied 2-2 when they learned guard James Harden will attempt to play through the strain at the hamstring. kept it out of the way since June 5.
However, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported later Tuesday that the Nets are preparing to be without star teammate Kyrie Irving for the remainder of the series due to the sprained right ankle he sustained in the second quarter of Game 4. Irving was officially ruled out for at least the Game. 5 on Monday, and head coach Steve Nash previously said he didn’t know about Irving’s condition beyond Tuesday night.
Game 6 between the Nets and Bucks will take place Thursday night in Milwaukee.
Technically, Game 5 is not “mandatory” for either team with the series stuck, but if Brooklyn wins on Tuesday it would give Nash the option to seat Irving and / or Harden on Thursday knowing that Game 7 is the Saturday night at the Barclays Center.