The Brooklyn Nets lost a crucial portion of their Big 3 after James Harden left the court 43 seconds in Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks with a right hamstring injury.
The Nets announced that Harden would not be returning to the game.
Harden appeared to be injured on Brooklyn’s first possession of the game when he limped in after driving into the lane and firing a pass to teammate Joe Harris. Harden was seen walking into the locker room after being substituted from the game.
The 31-year-old missed 21 games due to a hamstring injury, but returned for the final two games of the regular season. Harden played in the Nets’ five first-round series games against the Boston Celtics averaging 27.8 points, 10.6 assists and 7.2 rebounds and shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 47.5 percent from three-point range.
The Nets acquired Harden from the Houston Rockets in a highly successful trade in January. Brooklyn sent four first-round picks and four pick exchanges, along with Caris LeVert, Dante Exum and Rodions Kurucs to Houston for Harden, with the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers also involved.
In 36 regular season games with the Nets, Harden averaged 24.6 points, 8.5 rebounds, 10.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 36.6 minutes per game while shooting 47.1% from the field, at 36.6% from three and 85.6% from free throws. line.