Will Nets coach Steve Nash ever have his full rotation available for his team’s Eastern Conference semi-final against the Bucks? Or maybe the best question: Does Brooklyn really need their full roster to get ahead?
Despite injuries to star goalie James Harden and veteran forward Jeff Green, the Nets have made it through the NBA playoffs. Brooklyn has won six of its first seven playoff contests, including two decisive wins over Milwaukee.
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If the Nets look this good now, then what happens when they add even more talent to such a dominant group?
Here are the latest updates on Harden and Green ahead of Thursday’s Game 3.
Will James Harden play against Bucks?
Nash told reporters on Wednesday that Harden is “making good progress” in his recovery from a hamstring injury, but he is officially listed as out for Game 3.
“We are optimistic that we can get it back at some point, but we cannot set a timeline just yet,” Nash said.
Harden was forced out of Game 1 after playing just 43 seconds. He was diagnosed with “right hamstring tightening,” but an MRI showed no structural damage.
In the Nets’ first-round streak against the Celtics, Harden averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 47.5 % beyond the arc.
Will Jeff Green play against Bucks?
Green is also officially listed as out for Game 3, although he noted on Wednesday that he “feels good” and “is improving day by day”.
The 34-year-old, who has been sidelined since stretching his left plantar fascia in Game 2 of the Nets-Celtics Series, is able to move up and down the court, but he’s still working on the cutting and other specific movements. He admitted that it was difficult to sit for a long time.
“I hate being outside,” Green said. “As James always says, he’s always proud to be available for his teammates, and I’m the same way. It’s painful to be out there. Not even going out there, helping, scoring – it’s okay. it’s just about being there to be present doing whatever I can to help the team. That’s why you see me on the sidelines every game, trying to be a voice from the sideline. But don’t not being physically there is difficult. It is difficult. “
In 68 regular-season games, Green averaged 11.0 points and 3.9 rebounds, reaching a career-high 41.2% on a 3-point range.
Nets vs Bucks Injury Report Game 3
(Current at 8:30 p.m. ET Wednesday)
|Nets||Spencer dinwiddie||Outside||Right knee; Partially torn ACL|
|Nets||Jeff Green||Outside||Left plantar fascia; strain|
|Nets||James harden||Outside||right hamstrings; sealing|
|Roe deer||Donte Di Vincenzo||Outside||left ankle; surgery|
|Roe deer||Sam merrill||Outside||Right ankle; sprain|
|Roe deer||Jordan Nwora||Outside||Left thigh; contusion|