Nets star James Harden’s harsh reality on injury ahead of crucial Game 7 vs Bucks
The two best words in all of sports are being graced in the series between the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks: Game 7. After the Bucks took Game 6 in Milwaukee, it set up a winner-take-all Game 7 in Brooklyn on Saturday night, just what everybody wanted from these two teams. For Brooklyn, they are battered, and James Harden’s comments about his injury don’t scream confidence for the Nets in any way whatsoever.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the mobility just isn’t all the way back yet, although Harden won’t use that as an excuse.
“It’s about being able to move. Day by day, I continue to get better. Last game, Game 5 was first time I did any movement since I got hurt. Tonight was no different. I’m out there to do whatever it takes to win. I got to be better on both ends of the ball, which I will be for Game 7,” Harden said regarding the injury.
Harden scored 16 points on 5-9 from the field and added seven assists, but many times throughout the game he wasn’t himself. He passed on shots, he lacked the explosive play-making that we have seen all year, and it was evident that he is far from 100%.
However, he wants to be out there for the Nets, and Game 7 is as crucial as it gets. Kevin Durant was phenomenal again, scoring 32 points on 15-30 from the field with 11 rebounds, but the Nets will need help for Durant if they want to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Nets head coach Steve Nash commends Harden for playing at far less than full strength.
“…you respect the heck out of him. He wants to play and lay it on the line for teammates even when he’s not 100 percent.’’
Harden and the Nets will need to do just that if they want to continue on their path to an NBA Finals run. With Kyrie Irving’s status extremely questionable, the duo of Harden and Durant will need to have big performances on Saturday to top the Bucks.