When will Brooklyn Nets’ James Harden Return in the NBA Playoffs 2021?

Published 05/17/2021, 5:02 PM EDT
Jan 22, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) brings the ball up court during the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports


When the Brooklyn Nets traded for James Harden early in the season, it was clear that the Nets were going for a championship run this season. By the looks of their regular season record, the Nets seemingly have been fine and are the second seed in the East.

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But upon closer inspection, this achievement becomes commendable as each of their superstars in Harden, Durant and Irving missed significant time due to various injuries. The depth of the roster certainly was helpful as the Nets were only a couple of wins away from clinching the top spot in the East.

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

The late season injury to James Harden was specifically one of the biggest blows to the Nets. Harden suffered from a rather serious looking hamstring injury and missed nearly one and a half months of action in the process.

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Will James Harden be back for the playoffs?

Probably the biggest shocker that the Nets had over Harden’s injury was that he had re-aggravated his injury during the recovery process. After nearly 40 days, Harden did make his return to the court against the Spurs.

The 32-year-old looked great coming off of the bench scoring 18 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds. But against the Bulls, the former MVP had a massive drop off as he scored only 5 points. Harden eventually missed the last game of the season as against the Cavs, raising concerns about another injury.

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Apr 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball against the New York Knicks during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden’s return has been a burning question, especially ahead of 2o21 playoffs. The Nets haven’t given any updates about Harden suffering a serious injury rather had listed the reason as injury management.

While the Beard might not have suffered from a significant injury, the organisation is being overtly cautious in handling the recovery process. Given that he already had a setback earlier, the Nets are easing in Harden’s return into the lineup.

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Harden certainly makes a massive difference in the team. Ever since he made the debut for the Nets, the team had a 29 wins and 7 losses record. Harden has proven that he is key in distributing the ball and getting the team involved. Given how important the post-season is for the Nets this season, Harden will surely be back in the very first round of the playoffs.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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