The Nets can only play a few games on the court during the regular season, and Brooklyn’s health problems have now extended to the NBA playoffs.
After James Harden suffered a hamstring injury in the opening minutes of the first game, he basically missed the entire Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Nets and the Bucks. Jeff Green was also eliminated, reducing coach Steve Nash’s rotation and limiting the versatility of the lineup.
Despite the injury, Brooklyn is still in good shape as it leads Milwaukee 2-1 in Sunday’s game. But the Nets certainly want to see their two key players return to the court as soon as possible.
The following is the latest news from Harden and Green before the 4th game.
Will James Harden play against the Bucks?
Harden was officially included in the roster for the fourth game, the same as he was in the first two games against the Bucks.
“We are optimistic that we can get him back at some point, but we can’t set a timetable yet,” Nash says on Wednesday.
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?
After being listed as out early in the series, Green escalated into suspicious in Game 4.
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 get in and out. Other specific actions. He admits that it is 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 doing my best Can help the team. That’s why you see me on the sidelines in every game, trying to make a sound on the sidelines. But it’s hard to be physically off the court. It’s hard.
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.
Nets vs. Bucks Game 4 injury report
(As of 5:30 PM Eastern Time on Saturday)
|Nets||Spencer Dinwiddie||Go out||Right knee; partially torn ACL|
|Nets||Jeff Green||suspicious||Left plantar fascia; strained|
|Nets||James Harden||Go out||Right hamstring; tightness|
|Bucks||Donte Divincenzo||Go out||Left ankle; surgery|
|Bucks||Jordan Nwola||Go out||Left thigh; contusion|