The Nets were beaten throughout the season and that continued into the playoffs.
In recent outings, James Harden (hamstrings) and Kyrie Irving (ankle) have been knocked out for Brooklyn. With the team leading in their streak against the Bucks 3-2, they will only need to win once to qualify for the Eastern Conference final, so the health of the two stars is now of the utmost importance. high importance.
What is the status of James Harden and Kyrie Irving before Game 6? Here are the latest updates as the Nets head to Milwaukee in hopes of wrapping up the series.
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Will James Harden play Game 6 against Bucks?
James Harden is set to play Game 6 against the Bucks. Nets coach Steve Nash confirmed that Harden will be available for Brooklyn with the team having a chance at a berth in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Harden played in the Nets’ 114-108 win over the Bucks in Game 5, but he didn’t look in great shape. He was only 1 in 10 off the field and scored five points while healing a hamstring injury he sustained in the first minute of the series against the Bucks. Harden missed Games 2, 3 and 4 of the series entirely because of the hamstring injury.
In fact, Harden is probably set to provide Kevin Durant with another star to work with. While Harden may not be 100%, the Bucks still can’t risk him getting hot from a distance. Even if it only serves as a decoy, it will distract the attention of other players and open the way for Durant and his teammates to play.
And if Harden is healthier and starts to recover, he will be a problem for Milwaukee. 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.
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Will Kyrie Irving play in Game 6 against Bucks?
Kyrie Irving won’t be ready to play in Game 6 for the Nets. The Brooklyn star injured his ankle in Game 4 of the series and was seen leaving the arena on crutches, so he was still unlikely to be able to return.
Nash confirmed that Irving is still struggling with an ankle problem and won’t be traveling to Milwaukee for the game. He will stay home and readjust in hopes of making a return to the playoffs later.
So far in the playoffs, Irving has averaged 22.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in nine outings. In his absence, the Nets will continue to rely more on Jeff Green (35 minutes) and Landry Shamet (28) off the bench while Bruce Brown will remain in the starting XI. Brown only played 13 minutes of Game 5, however, he might not see as much playing time as Green and Shamet.
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Nets vs Bucks Injury Report Game 6
(Current at 2:05 p.m. ET Wednesday)
|Nets||Spencer dinwiddie||Outside||Right knee; Partially torn ACL|
|Nets||James harden||Available||right hamstrings; sealing|
|Nets||Kyrie Irving||Outside||Right ankle; sprain|
|Roe deer||Donte Di Vincenzo||Outside||left ankle; surgery|
|Roe deer||Jordan Nwora||Outside||Left thigh; contusion|