Harden, who exited Saturday’s game just 43 seconds in, left with a hamstring injury. Per ESPN’s Malika Andrews, the Nets superstar left the arena shortly after leaving the game to have imaging done on his right hamstring.
“James Harden has left the arena to have imaging done on his right hamstring, a team spokesperson confirms to ESPN,” Andrews said on Twitter.
This could simply be precautionary. But anytime a player has to leave the arena, it’s not encouraging. It’s going to be a stressful few hours awaiting further news on Brooklyn’s superstar point guard.
James Harden has left the arena to have imaging done on his right hamstring, a team spokesperson confirms to ESPN.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) June 6, 2021
This is an absolutely nightmarish scenario for the Brooklyn Nets. It’s well-known the only real obstacle to a championship run is injuries. Well, unfortunately, they’ve dealt with plenty of them during the season.
Harden has had issues with his right hamstring this year. He missed 18 consecutive games with a hamstring strain earlier this season.
Brooklyn’s big three as a whole rarely took the court together this year. The three played together for just 202 minutes during the Nets’ 48-24 regular-season showing.
Fortunately, both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have been called upon to step up before. Each has both playoff and championship experience. They should be able to navigate what could prove to be a difficult road ahead if Harden’s not at 100 percent.