James Harden, injured in the first minute of the first game of the series against the Bucks, will not be back for his team’s next game. The exact length of the bearded man’s unavailability has not been announced by Steve Nash and the Nets but, frankly, Brooklyn is not with its back to the wall and at 2-0 in this series the time seems given for that. Ramesse returns to 100%. Jeff Green, hit in the ankle, is also ruled out for Game 3 but should for his part be on his feet for the next.
The Nets were able to release great power throughout the first two games of their series against Milwaukee. With a five-star cast in all positions, Brooklyn exuded serenity, despite the injury of the 2018 MVP, well replaced in the five with minutes divided between Bruce Brown and Mike James who brought satisfaction to others sectors. Very honestly? We understand that the Nets are in no hurry to see their left-hander return, and several reasons can be put forward. First off, it looks like the Nets aren’t doing too badly without their star. It must be said that Brooklyn does not lack scoring in his absence with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the bridge. In terms of playmaking, the Nets nonetheless lost their official metronome as Kyrie, much more comfortable in a scoring combo role, had happily left the keys to the distribution to the Barbudo during the season. But April newcomer Mike James brings good minutes to the point guard role and Kyrie can also, at times, manage to reclaim the role he once knew at the Cavs and Celtics. Bruce Brown for his part brings his defense and a harshness which allows to contain the external adversaries such as Jrue Holiday or Khris Middleton.
While the Nets are doing well at the moment, there is absolutely no question here of saying that they are… better without James Harden. In the discussion for the MVP trophy for a while, Ramesse had been kicked out due to an injury to his adductor, the same one who was hit in the first game of the series after just 20 seconds of In any case Steve Nash said his player hoped to return on Sunday for Game 4, but also added that the Nets should weigh the pros and cons and take as little risk as possible for their guard. For his part, Jeff Green has been hampered by foot problems all season and his injury became more painful after catching a lob pass from… James Harden in the first round against Boston. Out also for Game 3, it will however be available to play in Game 4, that of the sweep as the other would say.
No worries, given the message Steve Nash left the medical staff are delaying to find James Harden 100% and nothing pushes them to anticipate a return. In an armchair against the Bucks, Harden will probably come back in full possession of his means very soon, but this return could be postponed again in the event of new victories for the Nets, his return in this series depending more on the eventual awakening of Milwaukee than on the seriousness of the injury.
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