The team has listed the injury as right hamstring tightness, per Goodwill. Harden exited Game 1 of the series after just 43 seconds, when he re-aggravated the right hamstring injury that had kept him out for much of the second half of the 2020/21 season, his first in Brooklyn.
Harden’s absence did not have an adverse impact on the ultimate result of the game, as the Nets beat Milwaukee in Brooklyn 115-107. The final margin does not reflect how one-sided the contest really was during most of its 48 minutes. The Nets were leading 115-101 with 1:26 of game action remaining when head coach Steve Nash took out his rotation players and emptied his bench.
Guard Bruce Brown started the second half in Harden’s stead, and should get extended run while the bearded one remains sidelined. Reserve point guard Mike James is expected take on more ball-handling duties now alongside All-Star Kyrie Irving. The Nets have not indicated how long Harden will be absent, tweets Mark Medina of USA Today.
Adam Zagoria of Forbes writes that an MRI on Harden’s injured hamstring did not indicate any structural damage to the ligament.
“James has high hopes and he wants to be back ASAP… but it has to be right to take those risks,” Nash told reporters during a Zoom call Sunday. “Only time can tell where he’s at in the coming days.”