The face of the NBA playoff series can change quickly—just ask some people in Brooklyn.
After leading the Bucks 2-0 in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Nets lost Game 3 and Game 4 in Milwaukee and saw Kyrie Irving seriously injured an ankle. Brooklyn has lost James Harden, who suffered a hamstring injury in the opening minutes of the first game, making Kevin Durant the only healthy member of the team’s “Big Three”.
“We want them to play on the court, but I know they will do their best to get back on the court and get back to health as soon as possible,” Durant says Harden and Irving. “This is what we can hope for. Other players who are healthy enough on the court, we have to play and play as much as we can.
“This has always been our daily mantra, which is to play focused and disciplined basketball. Nothing has changed, but we want our brothers to be there.”
The following is the latest news from Harden and Irving before the 5th game on Tuesday.
Will James Harden play against the Bucks?
Harden was officially included in the roster for the fifth game, the same as he was in the first three games against the Bucks.Nets coach Steve Nash Told reporters on Monday Harden’s recovery schedule has not been updated.
“It is difficult to lose great players, but we have lost players throughout the season,” Nash says“So, if there is a silver lining, it is that we continue to win games this year, no matter who is available. We have been able to adapt instantly, which is sometimes difficult to do. But for us, it’s a good thing we have Some experience.”
The former NBA MVP 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 Kyrie Irving play against the Bucks?
Irving suffered a sprained right ankle in the fourth defeat in Brooklyn and was also listed as missing the fifth game.Seven All-Star selections Falling on the feet of Giannis Antetokounmpo After a shot attempt close to the rim, some Nets fans angered some Nets fans, who believed Antetokounmpo deliberately slipped under Irving.
However, Nash disagrees with the evaluation of this game.
“I don’t want to get into Giannis’ head and make any statement. I think this is an awkward game,” Nash said. “When he was in the air, he ended up hiding under Carey. I think sitting here and saying that he intends to do this in any way is a great extension for me. I don’t believe he is that kind of person, yes, It’s not what I believe happened. It’s just embarrassment and misfortune.”
Steve Nash did not accept the idea that Giannis Antetokounmpo’s rebound attempt caused Kyrie Irving’s sprained ankle to be malicious.
“I don’t believe he is that kind of person. It’s just embarrassment and misfortune” pic.twitter.com/f1urrzRRxN
— Nets Video (@SNYNets) June 14, 2021
In nine playoff games, Irving averaged 22.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
Nets vs. Bucks’ fifth injury report
(As of 5:30 PM Eastern Time on Monday)
|Nets||Spencer Dinwiddie||Go out||Right knee; partially torn ACL|
|Nets||James Harden||Go out||Right hamstring; tightness|
|Nets||Kyrie Irving||Go out||Right ankle; sprain|
|Bucks||Donte Divincenzo||Go out||Left ankle; surgery|
|Bucks||Jordan Nwola||Go out||Left thigh; contusion|