NBA: Nets concern over knee injury to star James Harden

The Brooklyn Nets are concerned after the injury of star James Harden, the NBA’s second-best scorer, who suffers from hyperextension in his left knee and it is not known how long he will be absent from the courts.

While no details were given on the severity of the injury, Harden’s absence could vary, depending on the ligament and joint damage, from a few days to a few weeks or even months.

After a 2020-21 regular season almost cut in half by a major tear in a thigh, the league’s triple scorer (2018, 2019, 2020) had recovered good physical abilities since the start of the championship, with only a few games remaining after having to undergo the health protocol related to covid-19.

Behind the indispensable Kevin Durant, Harden, 32, is Brooklyn’s most effective player (22.4 points, 9.7 assists, 8.1 rebounds in 34 games), despite a drop in his shooting rate. (41.7%).

This Monday in Portland, the Nets were hoping to introduce their “Big 3” for the second time this season, as Kyrie Irving was finally able to make his debut last week.

Irving, prevented from playing in New York by a municipal decree due to his refusal to be vaccinated, had until then been excluded from the team, before being called, given the numerous absences linked to covid-19, to play away games.

The great absence thus far of a complete ‘Big 3’ will continue, although this is not too visible in the standings, as the Nets are second in the Eastern Conference and are therefore still considered favorites for the title.


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