WATCH: James Harden’s Practice Session Gives Major Injury Update

Published 08/15/2021, 12:48 PM EDT
Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) in the first quarter during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


In the 2020-21 NBA Season, most experts predicted that the Brooklyn Nets would make a deep playoff run. And considering that their expected starting five included Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden, some even said they might win it all.

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One could only see the predictions coming true as the Brooklyn Nets played in the regular season, mostly without using all three of them together. Consequently, Brooklyn Nets made the playoffs and reached the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Unfortunately, two of their three most valuable pieces got injured. As a result, they could not take part in this series to their full potential.Kyrie Irving suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter of Game 4 and did not play again. James Harden, on the other hand, suffered a hamstring injury in Game 1 and struggled on his return through Games 5, 6, and 7.

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These injuries were, arguably, the reason behind the Nets losing the series.

The trio shares multiple accolades between themselves; while Irving and Durant are former champions, Harden is a former MVP in his own right. But what’s common between them is that they are all scoring machines.

This roster and their head coach Steve Nash also revived an arguably washed-up Blake Griffin. Moreover, with a sharpshooter like Joe Harris to cap off this star-studded starting line-up, they were slowly becoming favorites to win it all. Sadly, this injury-troubled playoff run ended this trio’s championship ambitions this year.

Jun 13, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) grabs his leg after being injured during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks during game four in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Injury Update: James Harden

After the series had ended, Harden revealed he played through a Grade 2 Hamstring Injury in the final 3 games of the series.

However, on August 11th, as reported by Greg Logan, the Brooklyn Nets GM confirmed Harden has already begun his work in the gym and is “trending in the right direction”. And yesterday, a fan called “BGN” released footage of Harden from the gym where he looks like his fit old self. While social media reacted to it critically, the footage gives a lot of basketball and Nets fans some hope for Harden to return to his best physical shape.

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Albeit Harden is only shooting a wide-open three, his movement and fluency show an improved physique. Especially for a player who suffered from a Grade 2 Hamstring Injury. Now the question remains among the fans, will Harden finally be good enough this season to win a ring? Is Giannis’ winning Finals MVP and a ring enough to make Harden play with a chip on his shoulder? We’ll have to wait some more to find out.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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