James Harden will reportedly test out his hamstring, taking a huge risk amid injury-plagued season


An injured James Harden (l.) and Kevin Durant

An injured James Harden (l.) and Kevin Durant
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At some point, we’ll learn the way this assortment of accidents from the 2021 NBA Playoffs may very well be quantified traditionally, however, sadly, this needs to be some of the football-ass NBA seasons but.

Trae Younger did it final evening, recording 25 factors and 18 assists regardless of an 0-for-5 begin. In that very same sport, a noticeably lumbering Joel Embiid went 0-for-12 within the second half. In Sport 1 of the Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers first-round sequence, Chris Paul injured his shoulder and, even nonetheless, isn’t taking many threes, as they head to the Western Convention Finals. Later in that sequence, Anthony Davis tried to play in Sport 6 regardless of an apparent groin harm, which we already knew was a pressure.

And now, we now have Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden, who injured his hamstring 43 seconds into Sport 1 of their sequence towards the Bucks, and hasn’t performed since. Beforehand up 2-0, the Nets dropped every of the Milwaukee-based video games, and now play Sport 5 tonight in Brooklyn.

Kyrie Irving sprained his ankle in Sport 4 and has already been dominated definitively out of Sport 5, and his standing for the remainder of the sequence is unknown.

Nonetheless, this morning, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Harden has been upgraded to uncertain and can take a look at his hamstring harm in shootaround.

This comes lower than 48 hours faraway from Steve Nash saying he doesn’t need Harden, who additionally performed into mid-September of final 12 months, to threat his long-term well being.

It’s value noting, as he’ll try and play, that the Nets will solely have one celebrity in Kevin Durant who can be wholesome for tonight’s Sport 5. Moreover, Harden is coming off his most injury-plagued common season, during which he performed simply 44 of a doable 72 video games. The least variety of common season video games he had performed beforehand was 62 within the locked out 2011-12 season, which ran 66 video games lengthy. Second was final 12 months the place he performed 68, shortened because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In each different season, which has been the usual 82-games lengthy, Harden has appeared in a minimum of 72 common season contests. Previous to this spring, he had by no means missed a playoff sport in his profession, and has appeared in 134 postseason contests thus far.

With shootaround scheduled for early at this time, that is nonetheless a growing story.


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