The Nets took a hit throughout the season, and this situation continued into the playoffs.
In the most recent game, James Harden (hamstring) and Kyrie Irving (ankle) have been sidelined in Brooklyn. Since the team led 3-2 in the series with the Bucks, they only need to win once to advance to the Eastern Conference finals, so the health of the two stars is now crucial.
How were James Harden and Kyrie Irving before the 6th game? This is the latest news that the Nets are heading to Milwaukee to end the series.
Will James Harden play in the 6th game against the Bucks?
James Harden will play in the sixth game against the Bucks.Nets coach Steve Nash confirmed Harden will play for the Brooklyn team, and the team has a chance to occupy a place in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Harden participated in the Nets’ 114-108 victory over the Bucks in Game 5, but he didn’t look completely healthy. He only made 1 of 10 shots on the court and scored 5 points while healed a hamstring injury in the first minute of the series against the Bucks. Harden missed games 2, 3, and 4 of the series due to a hamstring injury.
In fact, Harden is probably just suitable for Kevin Durant to provide another star cooperation. Although Harden may not be 100%, the Bucks still can’t risk getting him hot from a distance. Even if he is just a bait, he will divert attention away from other players and create opportunities for Durant and his teammates to play a role.
If Harden is healthier and starts to recover, he will become a problem for Milwaukee. 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 in Game 6?
Kyrie Irving will not be ready for the Nets’ sixth game. The Brooklyn star injured his ankle in Game 4 of the series. Someone saw him leave the arena on crutches, so he is always unlikely to return.
Nash confirms Irving is still dealing with ankle problems and will not travel to Milwaukee to participate in the game. He will stay at home to recover and hope to return later in the playoffs.
So far, during the playoffs, Irving has averaged 22.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in nine games. In his absence, the Nets will continue to rely more on the substitutes of Jeff Green (35 minutes) and Landry Shamet (28 minutes), while Bruce Brown will remain in the starting lineup. However, Brown only played 13 minutes in Game 5, so he may not have as much playing time as Green and Shamet.
Nets vs. Bucks game 6 injury report
(As of 2:05 PM EST on Wednesday)
|Nets||Spencer Dinwiddie||Go out||Right knee; partially torn ACL|
|Nets||James Harden||usable||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|