Nets vs Bucks in NBA Playoffs: James Harden leaves Game Early due to a Hamstring Injury

NBA Playoffs 2021: 'It sucks', Kevin Durant on James Harden's hamstring injury
NBA Playoffs 2021: 'It sucks', Kevin Durant on James Harden's hamstring injury

James Harden Injury, Nets vs Bucks in NBA Playoffs: Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden left Saturday’s Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks early in the first quarter.

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Harden has been ruled out for the remainder of the game with a hamstring injury.

The Athletic’s Alex Schiffer reported, per the TNT broadcast, that Harden left the arena to get an MRI.

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James Harden Stats

Harden averaged 24.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting, 10.8 assists, and 7.9 rebounds per game for the Houston Rockets and Nets, the latter acquiring the nine-time All-Star on Jan. 13 in a four-team blockbuster deal.

The 2017-18 NBA MVP has dominated for Brooklyn, enabling the team to go 48-24 and finish second in the Eastern Conference.

James Harden Injury: History of James Harden’s Injury

Harden had missed two games in early April because of his right hamstring. He came back and played against the New York Knicks before dropping out of the game with an exacerbation of his injury.

His hamstring issues began at the end of March when he dealt with tightness in the muscle, but he only missed two games originally. He lasted four minutes in his return on April 5 and was sidelined, but on April 20 it was announced he would be out indefinitely.

With James Harden out, we will expect Kyrie and Durant to take the load on their shoulders and try to stop the Bucks.

Bruce Brown is the top competitor to substitute Harden in the starting lineup moving forward, if necessary. He averaged 8.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in his first year with the Nets.