Will Nets coach Steve Nash ever have his full rotation available for his team’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Bucks? Or perhaps the better question: Does Brooklyn actually need its full roster in order to advance?
Despite injuries to star guard James Harden and veteran forward Jeff Green, the Nets have been rolling through the NBA playoffs. Brooklyn has won six of its first seven postseason contests, including two commanding victories over Milwaukee.
If the Nets look this good now, then what happens when they add even more talent to such a dominant group?
Here are the latest updates on Harden and Green ahead of Thursday’s Game 3.
Will James Harden play vs. Bucks?
Nash told reporters Wednesday that Harden is “progressing nicely” in his recovery from a hamstring injury, but he is officially listed as out for Game 3.
“We’re optimistic that we can have him back at some point, but we can’t set a timeline yet,” Nash said.
Harden was forced to leave Game 1 after playing just 43 seconds. He was diagnosed with “right hamstring tightness,” but an MRI revealed no structural damage.
In the Nets’ first-round series against the Celtics, Harden averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 47.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Will Jeff Green play vs. Bucks?
Green is also officially listed as out for Game 3, though he did note Wednesday that he is “feeling good” and “getting better day by day.”
The 34-year-old, who has been sidelined since straining his left plantar fascia in Game 2 of the Nets-Celtics series, is able to run up and down the court, but he is still working on cutting and other specific movements. He admitted that it has been difficult to sit for an extended stretch.
“I hate being out,” Green said. “Like James always says, he always takes pride in being available for his teammates, and I’m the same way. It’s painful being out. Not even going out there, helping, scoring — it’s about just being out there to be present to do whatever I can to help the team. That’s why you see me on the sidelines up every play, trying to be a voice from the sideline. But not physically being out there is tough. It’s hard.”
In 68 regular-season games, Green averaged 11.0 points and 3.9 rebounds, shooting a career-high 41.2 percent from 3-point range.
Nets vs. Bucks Game 3 injury report
(Current as of 8:30 p.m. ET Wednesday)
|Nets||Spencer Dinwiddie||Out||Right knee; partially torn ACL|
|Nets||Jeff Green||Out||Left plantar fascia; strain|
|Nets||James Harden||Out||Right hamstring; tightness|
|Bucks||Donte DiVincenzo||Out||Left ankle; surgery|
|Bucks||Sam Merrill||Out||Right ankle; sprain|
|Bucks||Jordan Nwora||Out||Left thigh; contusion|