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Less than a minute into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Brooklyn Nets star James Harden left again with a right hamstring injury and will likely miss more time. He departed the matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks and immediately headed for an MRI.
The same right hamstring has been an issue for Harden since he strained it two months ago. It started as “tightness” and later was labeled a strain. Harden was reportedly close to a return two and a half weeks later, but suffered a setback and ended up missing a total of five weeks.
The reinjury likely means an extended absence and puts a doubt into any playoff return. It is hard to judge the severity of hamstring injuries by video. However, given that Harden missed more than a month the first time, one has to expect at least a two-week absence — meaning the Nets would have to advance against the Bucks without him. The Nets managed to prevail in the series opener, anyway.
The only hope is that Harden pulled up as a precaution after feeling only tightness and that there is no recurrent injury. The MRI showing no additional new damage is the only way we could realistically expect to see him back vs. the Bucks.
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Apparently the Nets have secured the services of local kindergarten students to design their uniforms.
Gotta find a fanbase somewhere…
The NBA puts the Premier League to shame when it comes to faking injuries…🙄