Brooklyn Nets star guard James Harden, as soon as a high Most Invaluable Participant candidate for the 2020-21 NBA season, hasn’t performed since he reaggravated a earlier hamstring damage on April 5 and has been “out indefinitely” after struggling a setback on April 20.
In keeping with Malika Andrews of ESPN, the 31-year-old stated Thursday he’s “very assured” he’ll “play a pair video games earlier than the postseason” begins later this month. The Nets host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Could 16 to shut out their regular-season slate.
“We wished to be affected person,” Harden stated of the staff’s method following his setback. “As a lot as I like to hoop, I wish to be on the market, however you have to be sensible. And for me, it was simply, ‘Let’s knock this factor out, let’s get this factor wholesome so we will make a push.'”
BetOnline.ag lists the Nets as the general betting favorites to win the NBA Finals at +200 despite the fact that the trio of Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving has performed in simply seven video games collectively since Harden joined Brooklyn in January. The Nets are second within the Japanese Convention standings and two video games again of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Brooklyn performs six extra occasions between Thursday evening and Could 16.