Can Nets head coach Steve Nash rotate in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Bucks? Or maybe a better question: Does Brooklyn really need a complete roster to advance?
Despite the injuries of star guard James Harden and veteran forward Jeff Green, the Nets have been making the NBA playoffs. Brooklyn won six of the first seven playoff games, including two victories over Milwaukee.
If the Nets look so good now, what will happen when they add more talent to such a dominant team?
The following is the latest news from Harden and Green before the third game on Thursday.
Will James Harden play against the Bucks?
Nash told reporters on Wednesday that Harden’s recovery from a hamstring injury was “going well”, but he was officially included in the third game.
“We are optimistic that we can get him back at some point, but we can’t set a timetable yet,” Nash says.
Harden played only 43 seconds before being forced to leave the first game. He was diagnosed with “right hamstring tightness”, but MRI showed no structural damage.
In the first round of the Nets series against the Celtics, Harden averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game, shooting 55.6% from the field and 47.5% from the arc.
Will Jeff Green play against the Bucks?
Green was also officially included in the roster for the third game, although he did point out on Wednesday that he “feels good” and “gets better day by day”.
The 34-year-old player has been absent since the second game of the Nets-Celtic series after a strained left plantar fascia. He can run around on the court, but he is still struggling to cut into the match. Other specific actions. He admitted that it was difficult to sit for a long time.
“I hate going out,” Green says“Like James always said, he is always proud of being able to serve his teammates, and so am I. It’s painful to go out. Not even going there, helping, scoring-just being there and being there. “Do my best Do everything you can to help the team. That’s why you see me on the sidelines in every game, trying to be a sideline voice. But it’s hard not to be physically on the court. This is difficult. “
In 68 regular-season games, Green averaged 11.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, and made a career-high 41.2% from three-pointers.
The Nets report the third injury to the Bucks
(As of 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night, US Eastern Time)
|Nets||Spencer Dinwiddie||Go out||Right knee; partially torn ACL|
|Nets||Jeff Green||Go out||Left plantar fascia; strained|
|Nets||James Harden||Go out||Right hamstring; tightness|
|Bucks||Donte Divincenzo||Go out||Left ankle; surgery|
|Bucks||Sam Merrill||Go out||Right ankle; sprain|
|Bucks||Jordan Nwola||Go out||Left thigh; contusion|