U Brooklyn networks will have to go to work without James Harden again Monday night.
According to ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Harden was ruled out for Game 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks with tight muscles.
Harden came out of Saturday’s 115-107 opening win over the Bucks after just 43 seconds. He suffered muscle injuries after kicking the ball to Joe Harris in the corner.
Harden previously had a problem with the same trend at the times of the season. He missed it more than a month before returning for the final week of the regular season.
Many other players stepped up with the triple scoring champion unavailable for most of Game 1. Joe Harris finished the series opener with 19 points, two rebounds and two assists, while Blake Griffin scored 18 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. Mike James also contributed 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
The Nets will need these players to have similar performances in Game 2 if they hope to take a 2-0 series lead over superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.