Will Nets coach Steve Nash ever have his full rotation obtainable for his crew’s Japanese Convention semifinal collection towards the Bucks? Or maybe the higher query: Does Brooklyn really want its full roster with a purpose to advance?
Regardless of accidents to star guard James Harden and veteran ahead Jeff Inexperienced, the Nets have been rolling by the NBA playoffs. Brooklyn has gained six of its first seven postseason contests, together with two commanding victories over Milwaukee.
If the Nets look this good now, then what occurs once they add much more expertise to such a dominant group?
Listed here are the newest updates on Harden and Inexperienced forward of Thursday’s Sport 3.
Will James Harden play vs. Bucks?
Nash advised reporters Wednesday that Harden is “progressing properly” in his restoration from a hamstring damage, however he’s formally listed as out for Sport 3.
“We’re optimistic that we will have him again in some unspecified time in the future, however we will not set a timeline but,” Nash mentioned.
Harden was pressured to go away Sport 1 after taking part in simply 43 seconds. He was identified with “proper hamstring tightness,” however an MRI revealed no structural harm.
Within the Nets’ first-round collection towards the Celtics, Harden averaged 27.8 factors, 10.6 assists and seven.2 rebounds per recreation whereas capturing 55.6 p.c from the sector and 47.5 p.c from past the arc.
Will Jeff Inexperienced play vs. Bucks?
Inexperienced can be formally listed as out for Sport 3, although he did observe Wednesday that he’s “feeling good” and “getting higher day-to-day.”
The 34-year-old, who has been sidelined since straining his left plantar fascia in Sport 2 of the Nets-Celtics collection, is ready to run up and down the court docket, however he’s nonetheless engaged on reducing and different particular actions. He admitted that it has been troublesome to sit down for an prolonged stretch.
“I hate being out,” Inexperienced mentioned. “Like James all the time says, he all the time takes delight in being obtainable for his teammates, and I am the identical approach. It is painful being out. Not even going on the market, serving to, scoring — it is about simply being on the market to be current to do no matter I can to assist the crew. That is why you see me on the sidelines up each play, making an attempt to be a voice from the sideline. However not bodily being out there may be powerful. It is laborious.”
In 68 regular-season video games, Inexperienced averaged 11.0 factors and three.9 rebounds, capturing a career-high 41.2 p.c from 3-point vary.
Nets vs. Bucks Sport 3 damage report
(Present as of 8:30 p.m. ET Wednesday)
|Nets||Spencer Dinwiddie||Out||Proper knee; partially torn ACL|
|Nets||Jeff Inexperienced||Out||Left plantar fascia; pressure|
|Nets||James Harden||Out||Proper hamstring; tightness|
|Bucks||Donte DiVincenzo||Out||Left ankle; surgical procedure|
|Bucks||Sam Merrill||Out||Proper ankle; sprain|
|Bucks||Jordan Nwora||Out||Left thigh; contusion|