James Harden Injury: What is the Nets Star Suffering From and When Will He Return?

Published 04/01/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
Mar 29, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) warms up prior to the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports


What’s more entertaining than watching a star player play against his former team after an ugly trade? It is always about revenge and unfortunately, James Harden had to leave the floor without getting his.

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Harden was forced to walk out of his bout with the Houston Rockets because of severe tightness in his right hamstring. Although the Brooklyn Nets won that matchup, Harden’s injury sparked several concerns.

However, Nets’ Head Coach, Steve Nash has some good news on the matter.

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James Harden will return sooner than expected

The Nets are set to play the Charlotte Hornets next and will look to extend their winning streak to four. As per Malika Andrews, “Steve Nash said that the team will determine James Harden’s status for the back-to-back tomorrow against Charlotte after seeing how he feels in the morning. Nash said they’re “optimistic” Harden won’t be out long term.”

Harden has been instrumental in the Nets’ success this year. With their star player Kevin Durant, missing most of the games, his partnership with Kyrie Irving has done wonders for them.

This is a team that barely made it to the postseason last year, and has not even overtaken the Philadelphia 76ers, sealing their first spot in the Eastern Conference.

So, the news that Harden won’t be out for long is a relief to them. Their 33-15 record won’t take much of a hit but Kyrie Irving will have to hold the fort until he returns.

Better off with the Brooklyn Nets

After Harden pulled off some antics to get traded out of the Houston Rockets, their relationship turned very bitter. This was a man who was the face of their franchise for so long. But with lack of success and not getting the team he needed to get a title, Harden wanted an out.

While we thought we had seen Harden’s prime, that opinion changed as soon as he played for the Nets. He’s putting up numbers like never before and has shown valor on both ends of the floor.

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Mar 31, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) shoots the ball over Houston Rockets small forward Jae’Sean Tate (8) and point guard D.J. Augustin (14) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

However, Harden wasn’t able to go full throttle on his former team because of his injury. He only finished the night with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists, which is so unlike him.

Nevertheless, the focus should be on his health and getting him back on the lineup. So that the Nets don’t lose their momentum.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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