To this point in the 2021 NBA playoffs, the Brooklyn Nets have been unbeatable. They’ve scored at will, Kevin Durant has returned to being the dominant scorer he was a few years ago, and they’ve even played fairly good defensively. The Nets seem unstoppable as of late.
Except for James Harden’s Hamstring, I Guess.
After suffering hamstring stiffness in the first game of the second round playoff series between the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks, Harden was forced to leave the game. He missed Game 2 and will also miss Thursday night’s Game 3 because of his injury. So, when, if it all, will Harden be able to return to the court for the Nets?
Fears that James Harden could miss time due to injury have Nets Supporters Worried.
It was a breeze for Brooklyn to sweep the Boston Celtics in the opening round. Even though they dropped a game at TD Garden, the Bruins kept their roster healthy and made the necessary adjustments to advance.
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It took the Nets all of 43 seconds into their second round series against the Bucks to suffer their first loss of the 2021 playoffs. Harden felt a pull in his upper right leg as he drove left on Jrue Holiday, causing him to hobble off the field. He left the field and never came back after going to the dressing room.
Harden missed Monday’s Game 2 due to “right hamstring soreness,” the official diagnosis. The Nets have officially ruled Harden out for Thursday night’s Game 3 against the Rockets.
I hate it when things go wrong. During a press conference on Sunday, Durant expressed his displeasure. I really need him to be in the world. I’m well aware of his genuine concern. I’m aware of how desperately he yearns to be here right now. To put it bluntly, it stinks. Please say some kind thoughts for his rapid recovery. What happened was just bad luck.
Harden injured his Hamstring; When will he be Able to Play Again?
For the past few days, Nets supporters have been frantically checking their social media accounts for any word on Harden’s future with the team. The bad news for Brooklyn is that Harden does not have a specific return date or timeframe for playing again.
Good news is that Harden’s hamstring MRI showed no signs of structural injury. Harden missed five weeks of action during the regular season due to the same hamstring injury.
Nets head coach Steve Nash said he can’t say when Harden will be back, but that the team is “optimistic” that the nine-time All-Star will be able to play a role in their quest to reach the NBA Finals.
James will be out for Game 3 but is making “great progress,” Nash told the media on Wednesday. It’s looking good that we’ll be able to get him back eventually, but we can’t say when just yet.