Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden will decide if he’s able to play Game 5 Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, head coach Steve Nash said about 90 minutes before the game.
The Nets initially ruled Harden out with a hamstring strain but later upgraded his status to questionable. Harden left Game 1 43 seconds into the action after re-aggravating the hamstring injury that caused him to miss 18 games during the regular season.
“I think it is James’ decision,” Nash said on a pre-game Zoom with reporters. “He’s been pushing, he wants to play but he’s got to go through his pre-game routine and see if he’s able.
“Ultimately it will be James’ decision and then will support him.”
The Nets will be without Kyrie Irving (ankle) for at least Game 5 after he left Game 4 at the 5:52 mark. Now Harden is pushing to return to fill Irving’s shoes with the series tied at 2-all.
“He wants to play, he wants to win a championship, he loves the playoffs …so i think it’s been very difficult on him [not being able to play],” Nash said. “That’s definitely the source of his motivation right now. James is driving this, we have to support him the best we can and be an aid for him to figure this out.
“It’s a tricky situation but one we’re willing to go down with James.”