Nets guard James Harden will be out indefinitely after suffering a ‘setback’ with his ongoing hamstring injury, the team announced Tuesday.
Harden has not played for Brooklyn since April 5th, in a game vs. New York where he played only 4 minutes before he sustained hamstring tightness.
The Nets stated, Harden experienced the ‘setback,’ during an on-court rehab session and underwent an MRI. “He just felt it,” Head coach Steve Nash commented. “He didn’t fall or stumble or anything out of the ordinary, he just felt something maybe in the ballpark of a strain. Then the scan revealed he did suffer a setback. So not much more to it other than just disappointment and that we have to rebuild and get him going again.”
A timetable for Harden’s return has not yet been declared by the team, but Steve Nash advised a possible schedule: “He’ll be back when he’s back,” Nash said. “That may not be until the playoffs. It may be sooner.”
Harden has been on a tear since Houston’s blockbuster trade, constructing his MVP case, with the exception of injuries and games missed. Harden is averaging 25.4 points, 11 assists, and 8.7 rebounds since the trade — adding to a record of 27-7 when on the court. Harden’s contribution to Brooklyn’s offense in playmaking shows he may be the most valuable player on his team.
The Nets’ big three: Harden, Kyrie, and Durant have only played 7 games together this season — posting a 5-2 record in those games. Brooklyn’s chemistry may not look significant now, but come playoff time, their talent — all together will show.