Playoffs 2021

James Harden: How long will the Brooklyn Nets guard be out? Injury timeline, latest updates

James Harden is BACK!

Ahead of Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Brooklyn Nets upgraded James Harden to "available".

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Harden was "determined to try and find a way to get cleared" for Game 5. Harden reportedly worked his hamstring through shootaround "without an issue," and Shams Charania of The Athletic adds that the three-time scoring champion now "plans to play" barring a setback in pregame warmups.

Here's everything we know about Harden's injury.

James Harden's injury timeline

Harden suffered a right hamstring injury on a drive to the basket 43 seconds into Game 1. The Nets called a timeout, Harden left the game and did not return.

Harden underwent an MRI, which reportedly revealed no structural damage.

"I'm heartbroken for him," Nash said of Harden after the game. "I don't know what's going to happen. I don't know if he's playing the next game, if he's out. I have no idea. But I'm heartbroken for him that he had to miss tonight."

Harden was ruled out for Game 2 due to "right hamstring tightness" and did not play in Game 3 or Game 4.

James Harden's injury history

Harden dealt with a hamstring injury in the regular season.

Following a win over the Houston Rockets on March 31, Harden missed two straight games due to hamstring tightness. He returned against the New York Knicks on April 5, but he left the game after four minutes of play with right hamstring tightness. He then missed 18 straight games before appearing in two of Brooklyn's last three games of the season.

Ahead of the team's first-round matchup with the Boston Celtics, Nash told the media that Harden wouldn't be on a minutes restriction in the playoffs.

Harden averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 assists, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 36.5 minutes in five games against the Celtics.

How long will James Harden be out?

It's still unknown if Harden will return in this series, but Nash said prior to Game 3 that he's progressing nicely from the injury, per Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News.

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