Nets keeping James Harden hamstring injury ‘under wraps’?
Brooklyn Nets star guard James Harden strained his right hamstring in March, endured multiple setbacks throughout the spring, and then suffered a new injury during Game 1 of the second-round playoff series versus the Milwaukee Bucks.
Harden missed the following two contests because of the issue, and Mike Chiari of Bleacher Report noted Friday that ESPN’s Brian Windhorst explained on the latest edition of the “Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective” podcast that the Nets are keeping the nature of Harden’s current injury “under wraps.”
According to Chiari, Windhorst said he doesn’t know when the 31-year-old will return to Brooklyn’s rotation.
“James will miss Game 3, but he’s progressing nicely,” Nets coach Steve Nash said ahead of Thursday’s encounter that the Bucks won 86-83 for their first victory of the series, per Peter Botte of the New York Post. “So we’re optimistic that we can have him back at some point, but we can’t set a time on it yet.”
In total, Harden missed over a month during the second half of the regular season because of his hamstring, and these latest updates suggest he won’t be 100% through the remainder of the postseason.
Game 4 between the Nets and Bucks is Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee.