Harden had 22 points (5-17 FG, 2-12 3Pt, 10-10 FT), nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one block in Saturday's Game 7 overtime loss to Milwaukee.
Both Harden and Kevin Durant played the full 53 minutes for the Nets, who forced overtime with a Durant jumper but were only able to score two points in the extra period. While Harden's hamstring held up, he still looked like a diminished version of his former-MVP self, often settling for heavily contested threes and hitting just two of his 12 attempts from downtown. He was effective from the free-throw line, however, and Harden narrowly missed what would have been his second triple-double of the postseason. With Harden hampered and Kyrie Irving (ankle) missing the last three games of the series, the Nets' season ended on a sour note, but Brooklyn figures to open next season as the odds-on favorite to emerge from the Eastern Conference, provided the star trio -- which was rarely healthy at the same time this season -- can stay on the floor.
Harden finished with 16 points (5-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT), seven assists, five rebounds and four steals in 40 minutes during Thursday's 104-89 loss to the Bucks.
Harden was more aggressive on the offensive end of the floor than during his return in Game 5, walking away with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting. That said, he is clearly still bothered by his hamstring, and if this were the regular season, it's safe to assume he would not be on the floor right now. With no word of any aggravation, Harden should be good to go in Game 7. However, we would expect him to be limited physically once again.
Harden (hamstring) will have no minutes restrictions in Game 6 against the Bucks on Thursday, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
Harden looks to be in line for heavy minutes once again after he only sat for two minutes in his return from a hamstring injury in Game 5. He will have no restrictions once again for Game 6, but there's certainly room for improvement after he struggled mightily in Game 5, going 1-of-10 from the field for a total of five points.
Harden (hamstring) will be available for Thursday's Game 6 against Milwaukee, Malika Andrews of ESPN reports.
While Harden was far from his regular, dominant self on the offensive end in Game 5, the good news for the Nets is that he was able to play 46 minutes and emerge from the contest without aggravating the hamstring injury that sidelined him for all but one minute of the first four games of the series. Given the immense workload, it's possible Harden could be dealing with some soreness, but coach Steve Nash told the media that both Harden and Kevin Durant, who played all 48 minutes Tuesday night, "feel good" as of Wednesday afternoon. Barring a setback between now and Thursday night, expect Harden to be in the lineup as the Nets look to close out the series on the road.
Harden finished with five points (1-10 FG, 0-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight assists and six rebounds across 46 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Bucks.
Harden was cleared for Game 5 and logged the second-most minutes behind Kevin Durant, but it was clear he wasn't himself. The Nets hope their star guard can be healthier for Game 6, as they need him to be the dominant offensive threat he's been all season long if they want to pull the upset and steal Game 6 on the road.
Harden (hamstring) will play in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Bucks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. He will start.
Harden went through a pregame workout to test his right hamstring injury, and it's been determined that he's healthy enough to take the court in Game 5 with the series tied 2-2. A minutes limit has not been established, but he may see fewer minutes than usual. Ultimately, it may end up being a feel-out game for Harden as he tests how much he can push the hamstring in a game setting.
Harden (hamstring) will be a game-time call for Tuesday's Game 5 against Milwaukee, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports.
Speaking pregame, coach Steve Nash said Harden is undergoing physical therapy but is yet to take part in the pregame workout that's expected to ultimately determine his status. Judging from Nash's words, it sounds like the decision will mostly be in the hands of Harden, though the Nets' medical staff will likely have some input, as well. If Harden does play, there's a good chance that he could be limited, so he's a risky play in DFS contests. Harden initially injured the hamstring back in early April, and it caused him to miss 20 of 21 games between April 1 and May 11. He was able to return shortly before the playoffs, but Harden tweaked the hamstring during the first minute of Game 1 against Milwaukee, sending him to the sidelines for Games 2, 3 and 4.
Harden (hamstring) is now listed as questionable ahead of Tuesday's Game 5 matchup with the Bucks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Harden was upgraded from out to doubtful ahead of the Nets' morning shootaround on Tuesday. After the session, Harden's status improved to questionable, and Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that the Arizona State product is planning to play, as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks during pregame warmups. The six-foot-five guard notched 41 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in the close-out game against the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. However, Harden tweaked his hamstring less than a minute into Game 1 against the Bucks and did not play in Games 2 through 4.
The Nets upgraded Harden (hamstring) from out to doubtful ahead of Tuesday's Game 5 matchup with the Bucks, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Harden is expected to see how his tight right hamstring responds during the Nets' morning shootaround before the team renders a verdict on his status for Game 5. Wojnarowski notes that Harden has been campaigning for his return to the lineup after missing all but the opening minute of the second-round series, but because he's already aggravated the hamstring injury on two occasions this season, the Nets would ideally prefer to see him complete a full practice before signing off on his return. However, with the series tied at two games apiece and with Kyrie Irving (ankle) sidelined for Game 5, Brooklyn could proceed less cautiously with Harden if his hamstring isn't nagging him too much coming out of shootaround. Expect the Nets to re-evaluate Harden after the morning workout before formally ruling him in or out a few hours prior to 8:30 p.m. ET opening tip.
Harden (hamstring) will not play in Tuesday's Game 5 against Milwaukee, Malika Andrews of ESPN reports.
The star guard was able to go through a workout Monday afternoon, but his right hamstring, which he re-injured less than a minute into Game 1, still isn't quite ready for game action. With Kyrie Irving (ankle) also sidelined, the Nets will be down to just one of their superstars, Kevin Durant, as they look to avoid dropping a third straight game. In the absence of Harden and Irving, look for Brooklyn to turn to Bruce Brown, Mike James, Landry Shamet and perhaps Tyler Johnson for increased minutes in the backcourt.
Coach Steve Nash intimated Monday that he's unsure whether Harden (hamstring) will have a chance to return for Tuesday's Game 5 against Milwaukee, Malika Andrews of ESPN reports.
Speaking after practice Monday, Nash officially ruled Kyrie Irving (ankle) out for Game 5, but he told the media that he doesn't have an update on Harden, who was going through an individual workout. All indications are that Harden is progressing well in his recovery, but the Nets never provided a timetable and appear to be handling his status on a game-to-game basis. If Harden is ultimately held out Tuesday, the Nets would lean heavily on Kevin Durant, as was the case during the second half of Sunday's Game 4.
Nets head coach Steve Nash said prior to Sunday's 107-96 loss to the Bucks in Game 4 of the series that Harden -- who sat out the contest -- is "progressing in the right direction" in his recovery from right hamstring tightness, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports. "I asked him and he says he's feeling better, doing better," Nash said of Harden. "I asked the staff, they say, 'Yeah, it's getting better.' I think he's in that arena where he's got a little gap to make up. But he's getting closer, so it's been positive."
Harden is currently on the mend from his second aggravation of the right hamstring he initially strained March 31. He missed two games following that injury, then played only four minutes in his first game back in action April 5 before aggravating the hamstring and missing Brooklyn's subsequent 18 contests. Harden returned to action late in the regular season, but he tweaked the hamstring again in the first minute of Game 1 of the series with Milwaukee and hasn't played since. Fortunately, Harden's latest setback doesn't seem to be as significant as the previous one, with Nash noting that the 31-year-old has been able to do on-court work, shooting and rehabilitation. Harden will need to complete several "high-intensity" workouts before being deemed ready to return, so the nine-time All-Star may have a tough time gaining clearance for Tuesday's Game 5. With fellow star guard Kyrie Irving (ankle) also uncertain for that contest after exiting in the first half of Game 4, the Nets could be forced to rely more heavily on Mike James to run the offense if neither Harden nor Irving is available.
Harden (hamstring) is out for Sunday's Game 4 against the Bucks, Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News reports.
It still remains unclear when Harden may be able to return after injuring his hamstring at the start of Game 1. However, considering he was dealing with a hamstring injury in the same leg before the playoffs, it wouldn't be surprising if he was out for the remainder of the series against the Bucks.
Harden (hamstring) will not play in Thursday's Game 3 against Milwaukee, Malika Andrews of ESPN reports.
As expected, Harden will miss a second consecutive game as he continues to deal with the right hamstring injury that forced him to exit Game 1 early in the first quarter. The Nets haven't indicated when, exactly, Harden could return, but they'll likely be cautious with the seven-time-All-NBA guard, who has now suffered two setbacks since initially straining his right hamstring back in late March. Through two games, Brooklyn has looked just fine without Harden, as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have had their way with the Bucks' defenders. Bruce Brown moved into the starting five in Harden's place for Game 2, and that will likely be the case again Thursday night.
The Nets announced Harden will be sidelined Monday in Game 2 of the team's Eastern Conference semifinals series with the Bucks due to right hamstring tightness, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.
While Harden's absence for Game 2 is an obvious blow for the Nets, the fact that the team isn't referring to his injury as a strain hints at some optimism for his return to action later in the series. Head coach Steve Nash suggested as much when he met with the media Sunday, saying that he's "hopeful" the star guard will return to action against Milwaukee at some point, according to Alex Schiffer of The Athletic. Despite Nash's optimism, the fact that Harden has now experienced two setbacks with the hamstring since first sustaining the injury March 31 creates some uncertainty about when exactly he'll play again, and whether he'll be limited if he does. Harden played just 43 seconds in Saturday's Game 1 victory before heading to the locker room for the rest of the contest. Mike James and Bruce Brown should pick up extra run for however long Harden is sidelined, while Kyrie Irving will shoulder more responsibilities as the Nets' primary ball handler.
Head coach Steve Nash did not have an update on Harden's hamstring following Saturday's Game 1 win over the Bucks, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
Harden left the series opener just 43 seconds into the game with the right hamstring injury and underwent an MRI shortly after. Nash said the team is still awaiting the results of the MRI, so the shooting guard's status should become much clearer once those results come in. Per Jordan Schultz of ESPN, the Nets will not risk creating a long-term health issue for Harden in attempt to expedite his return.
Harden is out for the remainder of Saturday's Game 1 against the Bucks due to a right hamstring injury, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
A right hamstring injury caused Harden to miss 18 straight games from early April to mid-May, and it appears he's aggravated the issue. His status ahead of Game 2 is very much in question. Per the TNT broadcast, Harden is undergoing an MRI.
Harden went to the locker room early in the first quarter of Saturday's Game 1 against the Bucks, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
Just 43 seconds into the game, coach Steve Nash was forced to call a timeout, and Harden walked straight to the locker room. It's not immediately clear what the issue is, but an aggravation of his previous hamstring injury is possible.
Harden finished with 34 points (10-17 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 10-11 FT), 10 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and two blocks in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 123-109 victory over the Celtics.
Harden had his foot on the gas from the opening tip as he took control early. Clearly wanting this series to be over quickly, Harden was in vintage form as he racked up elite numbers across all categories. The Nets will now face the Bucks in the second round of the playoffs, a matchup that is seemingly going to be must-watch viewing. With playoff success the only thing that has eluded Harden thus far in his career, he is certainly going to be a force to be reckoned with moving forward.
Harden finished with 23 points (8-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 18 assists, five rebounds, three blocks and two steals across 40 minutes in Sunday's win over the Celtics.
Harden might have taken a backseat in terms of scoring considering Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving scored 42 and 39 points, respectively, but Harden made his presence felt as a passer -- his 18 dimes represent a playoff-high mark for him. The star guard, who has been operating as Brooklyn's floor general since joining the team, has dished out double-digit assists in each of his last two playoff appearances and is averaging 10.8 dimes per game in the current series.
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