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James Harden out for Game 2 due to strained right hamstring

Milwaukee Bucks v Brooklyn Nets - Game One

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 05: James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets tries to passover Brook Lopez #11 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks during Game One of the Eastern Conference second round series at Barclays Center on June 05, 2021 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

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Once again, the Nets will take the court without one of their big three — James Harden is out for Game 2 against the Bucks Monday with right hamstring tightness, the team announced Sunday.

Harden re-injured the hamstring that sidelined him for 20 games in the second half of the season during the opening minute of Game 1 on Saturday. Harden immediately went to the locker room and did not return.

Harden had an MRI, the Nets have not released any details on his condition beyond the “right hamstring tightness” of this announcement. However, the tone of postgame quotes from the Nets players and coaches appeared pessimistic about a quick return.

“I’m heartbroken for him….” Nets’ coach Steve Nash said after the game. “You never want to see that when someone gives everything they have.”

The Nets only had their big three for seven regular season games. However, they had all three in each of the five first-round games against Boston.

Even without Harden the Nets kept the ball moving, knocked down their shots, got big games from Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, and with all that took Game 1 against the Bucks.