James Harden played a part in Brooklyn Nets’s 114-108 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday night as the Nets took a 3-2 lead in NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. The New-York based side had earlier announced that Kyrie Irving and James Harden would miss the game due to injury.
The Nets had to come from behind to win on the night and Harden has disclosed the reason he risked further injury and contributed to their important win. “[I] woke up and was like, ‘You know what? Let’s go,'” Harden said to reporters.
This was Harden’s first game since June 5, when he aggravated his hamstring in the first minute of Game 1 of this series. Since then, he has been dealing with what the team has called hamstring tightness.
The former Houston Texas man finished the game but struggled physically while he was on the court. He secured five points in 46 minutes. “I tried to go out there and do the best I can. Hopefully, I gave my teammates some encouragement, some life,” he continued.
Afterward, however, he said he felt OK, and that he’d be ready to go for Game 6 on Thursday night in Milwaukee.
“I didn’t expect to play, so 46 is a lot,” Harden said with a laugh. “But I’m good for it. Just get some rest, and get my proper treatment. Credit to our trainers and things like that, they’ve been doing an unbelievable job of preparing me, so get some rest and give it another shot in Game 6, and try to come up with the same results.”
The Nets are one win away from the Eastern Conference finals and they can secure their spot in the finals with a win on Thursday night. Kevin Durant believes that this would be the toughest test of their season. “We’ve got our work cut out for us in Game 6, man. It’s going to be our toughest game of the year,” he said.