The Brooklyn Nets are down Kyrie Irving but are expected to get James Harden back for Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Nets‘ James Harden plans to play tonight in Game 5 vs. Milwaukee barring a setback in pregame warmups, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. He’s been upgraded to questionable.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 15, 2021
Harden has been absent since leaving Game 1 with an injury and the Nets must be relieved to get him back in action, especially after dropping the previous two games to bring the series to a tie. The Nets were cruising after a 39-point massacre in Game 2 and this reminds everybody of how quickly things can change.
The Nets Big 3 had gone down to just one with the injuries to Irving and Harden, so this is huge news for the Nets and, in turn, devastating for the Bucks who suddenly stole the momentum in the series.
The Bucks won Game 3 on a gritty performance and then took Game 4 after Irving left early with an ankle injury. Harden's status technically is listed as questionable, although he went through shootaround with no issues, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Harden has been determined to be cleared to play Game 5 for the Nets, sources said, and he's moved one step closer to joining Kevin Durant tonight with the series 2-2 vs. Milwaukee. https://t.co/bTRPQzSEPk
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 15, 2021
Game 5 is on Tuesday night in Brooklyn as both teams fight for their playoff lives and a chance to go up 3-2 before going back to Milwaukee for Game 6. In a series that once looked like a sweep, it has suddenly shifted to a potential seven-game set.