Concerned in Brooklyn: Star James Harden, the team’s second-leading scorer, suffers from an hyper-extension of his left knee and will be forfeited from the Nets trip to Portland on Monday night, has announced the NBA franchise.
While no details were given of the severity of his injury, the absence of Harden could, depending on the damage to the ligaments and joint, range from a few. days to a few weeks or even several months.
After a regular 2020-21 season almost cut in half, due to a big tear to a thigh, the triple top scorer in the League (2018, 2019, 2020), had regained good physical ability since the start of the championship, missing only a few matches after having to undergo the health protocol related to COVID-19.
Behind the inescapable Kevin Durant, Harden, 32, is Brooklyn’s most prolific player (22.4 pts, 9.7 assists, 8.1 rebounds in 34 matches), despite a drop in his rate of Successful shooting (41.7%).
And in Portland, the Nets were hoping to field their “Big3” for just the second time this season, as Kyrie Irving finally got to make his debut last week.
The point guard, prevented from playing in New York by a city decree because of his refusal to be vaccinated, had so far been removed from the team, before being recalled ©, given numerous absences linked to COVID-19, to play away matches.
The quest for alchemy between the three stars is therefore still lagging behind, even if this is not too visible in the standings, the Nets being 2nd in the Eastern Conference and therefore still considered as favorites for the title.