NEW YORK — James Harden played just 43 seconds in Game 1 of the East Coast semifinals series between Brooklyn. Nets and Milwaukee Bugs on Saturday before injuring his hamstring.
He was disqualified for the rest of the game and left Barclays Center for a shot in the hamstring, a team spokesman said.
Harden missed a month in the regular season with a right hamstring strain.
Harden was driving Jrue Holiday in the first minute of the game. when he approaches the basket Harden slowed down and grabbed the back of his right leg. He returned to the locker room shortly after.
Harden contracted the right hamstring on April 5. Prior to that, he had missed two games against what the team called “a hamstring injury.”; Harden’s “hamstring” is nearing a return, the staff said when he suffered a setback in his rehabilitation on April 21.
Harden finally returned to Brooklyn on May 12. He missed a total of 21 games and played in just two before the season began.
“Our frame of mind is If we can arrive this season in a healthy way We were there,” Harden said on May 6. “We had a chance.”
Game 1 between the Bucks and the Nets was the 14th time the Nets’ Big Three of Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving all played together.