Impress Medina, USA TODAY
Published 8: 40 p.m. ET April 20, 2021 | As much as this point 9: 17 p.m. ET April 20, 2021
The Brooklyn Nets acknowledged that All-Superstar guard James Harden will live sidelined “indefinitely” after experiencing what they called a “setback while conducting an on-court rehab session” for his strained right hamstring on Monday. The staff added that Harden purchased an MRI on Tuesday that confirmed the setback.
“We’ll rehabilitate him and earn him encourage each time we can. Who knows when that will likely be,” Nets coach Steve Nash acknowledged earlier than Tuesday’s sport in opposition to the Original Orleans Pelicans. “But we’ll enhance James and enhance our performance employees in getting him encourage in most effective situation as skill. Hopefully that comes sooner moreover later, nonetheless there’s no guarantee.”
Coming into Tuesday, Harden had overlooked the previous six video games after taking half in easiest four minutes in opposition to the Original York Knicks on April 5. Since then, Harden had traveled with the Nets this week for video games in Miami, Original Orleans and Tampa to total 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 workouts. The Nets had cherished Harden’s development till Monday’s workout.
“He exact felt it. He didn’t stumble or fall or anything out of the well-liked,” Nash acknowledged. “He exact felt something perhaps within the ballpark of a stress. Mushy a setback and then the scan printed he had suffered a setback. So no longer plot more to it utterly different than exact disappointment, and that we must rebuild and earn him going again.”
Even though the Nets (38-19) plug the Philadelphia 76ers (39-18) by one sport for first spot within the Jap Convention, Harden’s injury opens up skill considerations on the employees’s health and chemistry with easiest 15 ordinary-season video games final. Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have played easiest seven blended video games together while lacking a blended 56 video games due to injuries, the league’s health and safety protocols, leisure or personal causes. The Nets also misplaced LaMarcus Aldridge, who announced his retirement final week after he used to be diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat after a fresh sport.
After Durant overlooked Sunday’s sport due to a left thigh contusion, Nash listed him as “day-to-day” and added that “we’re hopeful that he might presumably additionally merely additionally be encourage soon.”
As for Harden?
“James will likely be encourage when he’s encourage,” Nash acknowledged. “We do no longer have any regulate over that utterly different than working as laborious as we can and enhance him in getting encourage to chubby health. We’re willing for irrespective of that will presumably well be.”