Are the Brooklyn Nets Trying to Cover Up James Harden’s Serious Injury?

Published 06/07/2021, 3:04 PM EDT
Mar 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) dribbles in the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets entered the 2021 NBA playoffs as the favorites. They didn’t start the season as favorites, but their trade for James Harden helped them to reach that status. However, they have now received a massive blow with his injury.

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43 seconds into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal against Bucks, Harden injured his hamstring. He wasn’t able to return after that, but fortunately the Bucks’ supporting cast stepped up and won the game. A hamstring injury can take time to heal, so it is surprising that the Nets are still not ruling him out for long. As of now, he is only out of Game 2.

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NBA insider Frank Isola believes it is suspicious that the Nets haven’t announced a full injury report for Harden. He believes Harden is likely out for a while, but the Nets refuse to officially say anything yet.

He said, “If a guy is not hurt, the team will always say it’s not that bad. If it’s a bad injury, They’ll always say we don’t really know. And after the game that’s what you were kinda getting from the Brooklyn Nets. Then Steve Nash said ‘I’m heartbroken for James.’ Why would you be heartbroken for him if he’s gonna come back anytime soon? Kevin Durant made it seem like it’s gonna be a long-term thing.”

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The Nets are now going to enter Game 2 without Harden, and their track record without him isn’t impressive. They have played 36 games without him this season and have won just 19. They are barely a .500 team without him, which shows how crucial he was to the team. In regular season, Harden proved on many occasions that he may not be the best player on the team, but he is the most important one.

Jun 1, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) reacts after a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter of game five of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets will soon find out if it’s true or not as they face the Bucks in Game 2 tonight. At the same time, they will be praying for a miraculous Harden recovery, because winning the title without him doesn’t look likely for the Nets.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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