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Report: James Harden to play Nets-Bucks Game 5 barring setback

2021 NBA Playoffs - Brooklyn Nets v Milwaukee Bucks

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 13: James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks during Round 2, Game 4 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on June 13, 2021 at the Fiserv Forum Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images).

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In the last day, James Harden has gone from out to doubtful to now questionable for Nets-Bucks Game 5.

As usual, that upward momentum through the injury report indicates an even higher chance of availability.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The Nets should answer for listing Harden as out for this game. He clearly should have been at least doubtful all along.

But they’ll gladly pay another fine if he returns and helps them beat Milwaukee.

Brooklyn could definitely use another star around Kevin Durant with Kyrie Irving sidelined. Harden’s playmaking is special, and he was playing at such a high level in the first round.

Will he near that productivity coming off this hamstring injury, though? How high is his risk of reaggravation?

Say whatever else you want about Harden – and people have said plenty recently – but he’s a gamer. That’s why he’s annually in the MVP discussion. Before this season, he rarely missed games. He just pushed himself to play and play well.

We’ll see whether he can do it again tonight.