The Nets were only able to put their entire team on the field for a few games during the regular season, and now Brooklyn’s health problems have spread to the NBA playoffs.
James Harden essentially missed the entire Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Bucks after sustaining a hamstring injury in the opening minute of Game 1. Jeff Green was also sidelined, reducing Coach Steve Nash’s rotation and limiting the roster’s versatility.
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Brooklyn is still in good shape despite injuries as it holds a 2-1 lead over Milwaukee heading into Sunday’s game. But the Nets would definitely like to see two of their key pieces on the pitch again as soon as possible.
Here are the latest updates on Harden and Green ahead of Game 4.
Will James Harden play against Bucks?
Harden is officially listed as absent for Game 4, the same status he had for the previous two games against the Bucks.
“We are optimistic that we can get it back at some point, but we cannot set a timeline just yet,” Nash said Wednesday.
Harden was forced out of Game 1 after playing just 43 seconds. He was diagnosed with “right hamstring tightness,” but an MRI showed no structural damage.
In the Nets’ first-round streak against the Celtics, Harden averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 47.5 % beyond the arc.
Will Jeff Green play against Bucks?
After being listed as previously in the series, Green was upgraded to Dubious for Game 4.
The 34-year-old, who has been sidelined since stretching his left plantar fascia in Game 2 of the Nets-Celtics Series, is able to move up and down the court, but he’s still working hard on the cut and other specific movements. He admitted that it was difficult to sit for a long time.
“I hate being outside,” Green said. “As James always says, he’s always proud to be available for his teammates, and I’m the same way. It’s painful to be out there. Not even going out there, helping, scoring – it’s okay. it’s just about being there to be present doing whatever I can to help the team. That’s why you see me on the sidelines every game, trying to be a voice from the sideline. But don’t not being physically there is difficult. It is difficult. “
In 68 regular-season games, Green averaged 11.0 points and 3.9 rebounds, reaching a career-high 41.2% on a 3-point range.
Nets vs Bucks injury report in Game 4
(Current at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturdays)
|Nets||Spencer dinwiddie||Outside||Right knee; Partially torn ACL|
|Nets||Jeff Green||Questionable||Left plantar fascia; strain|
|Nets||James harden||Outside||right hamstrings; sealing|
|Roe deer||Donte Di Vincenzo||Outside||Left ankle; surgery|
|Roe deer||Jordan Nwora||Outside||Left thigh; contusion|