Ajayi Browne: Steve Nash says, “Nothing new on James (Harden). Jeff (Green) is progressing well, hopefully he’ll be back soon.”
Kristian Winfield: Joe Harris on James Harden: "He seemed to be in good spirits. He was talking a lot watching film, asking a lot of questions."
Michael Gallagher: Brooklyn Nets Medical Update: James Harden has been diagnosed with right hamstring tightness. He is listed as Out for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Milwaukee. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.
Barbara Barker: "We are obviously desperate for him to return," Steve Nash says of James Harden who has been ruled out of Game 2.
Jordan Schultz: Sources: James Harden is currently undergoing an MRI on the right hamstring injury he suffered. I’m told the #Nets won’t risk long-term health issues with the superstar guard - a key component after the #Lakers drew criticism for playing AD in Game 6.
Malike Andrews: Steve Nash on James Harden: "I'm heartbroken for him." Nash adds he doesn't know whether or not Harden will be available for Game 2. "This guy was so ready and excited to play tonight... You never want to see that when someone gives everything they have."
Michael Scotto: Kevin Durant on James Harden: “Sh*t sucks. It sucks because I want him to be out there. I know how much he cares. I know how much he wants to be in this moment. I wish him a speedy recovery. We're going to keep him involved as much as possible. It's just a bad break." pic.twitter.com/IGsk2KZVse
Brian Lewis: James Harden is cleared to play tonight for the first time since April 5. He will be on a minutes restriction, Steve Nash said. #Nets #NBA #Spurs
Malika Andrews: James Harden is listed as probable for tonight's game against the Spurs. Kyrie Irving is Questionable with a facial contusion. Kevin Durant is available, despite it being the second night of a back-to-back.
Shams Charania: Nets star James Harden plans to play tonight vs. Spurs, assuming pregame warmups go smoothly, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium . Harden is on the cusp of his return after missing over one month with a hamstring strain.
After missing five weeks with a hamstring injury, Nets star James Harden's return is expected to be a game-time decision before Brooklyn faces San Antonio on Wednesday night, sources told ESPN. Harden is expected to gauge his readiness along with team officials ahead of the Nets' return to Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday, sources said.
James visited an ankle specialist last week, sources told ESPN, and has made considerable improvement in his on-court workouts without experiencing the "sharp pain" he reported in the losses to the Raptors and Kings. He previously had difficulty making hard cuts and elevating, sources told Wojnarowski.
Alex Schiffer: Steve Nash said he hopes James Harden is able to play in one of the Nets final three regular season games, but there are a lot of factors in play as to if that happens.
Malika Andrews: As @Adrian Wojnarowski reported on SportsCenter, the earliest date that James Harden may return for the Nets is Wednesday against the Spurs — that isn’t a certainty, but Harden is getting close to returning.
But Nash reiterated that James Harden, still rehabbing his right hamstring strain, is nowhere near a return. “James probably is still a ways away,” Nash said. “But he’s working and getting better and improving and moving the right direction, and we’re all positive and optimistic about his long-term outlook. But I think we’ve still got plenty of time before we see him back on the floor.”
Harden, who missed a 13th straight game Friday, hasn’t played since limping off the court April 5 versus the Knicks. There are eight games left in the regular season, and Nash wouldn’t confirm that Harden will be back before the postseason. “I don’t know if I want to forecast an opinion here. I’m not sure that serves any of us. Let me avoid the question and say we’ll see,” Nash said. “I’m not 100 percent certain he will or he won’t. That’s true.
Kristian Winfield: Steve Nash says James Harden is traveling with the team, was shooting this morning and "just started to build up what his capacity is." Nash says there is no high-intensity training yet for Harden.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Harden underwent an MRI, and will be out indefinitely, team says.
Adrian Wojnarowski: James Harden suffered a setback with hamstring, Nets says.
Malika Andrews: James Harden will travel with the team to Miami, Steve Nash said. Harden is traveling because it will aid him in his rehab to workout with the training staff and other players -- he isn't expected to play against the Heat.
Brian Lewis: Steve Nash expects James Harden to be back before Tyler Johnson. And he doesn't think Johnson will takes 2 or 3 weeks, but should return before that. #Nets
Coach Steve Nash said scans on Harden’s hamstring turned up clean and revealed no tear. “He’s doing pretty good. He had a scan and it was clear, so he’s day-to-day. So, we’re excited that it wasn’t worse,” Nash said. “So, big sigh of relief and you know, day-to-day means we will see him probably in the next few games for sure.”
The Nets lost James Harden to a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s 120-108 win over the Rockets, but don’t think it will be a long-term absence. Considering their last star to get hamstrung — Kevin Durant — has missed seven weeks, they’d better hope for a quicker comeback. “We’re gonna monitor it. We’ll see how he feels in the morning,” coach Steve Nash said of Harden. “I don’t have a lot to tell you, but we feel optimistic it’s not a long-term thing and we’ll just monitor it.”
With 4:48 left in the third, Harden was pulled and didn’t return. When Nash addressed the media postgame, he still hadn’t talked to Harden. “No, I haven’t spoke to him yet,” Nash said. “I came in, addressed the team and came to speak to you guys. So I think he told the trainer when he was on the sideline, and they went back to look at it, and they just decided that it wasn’t worth risking it. And we’ll just see how it feels in the morning and go from there.”
Malika Andrews: Steve Nash said Blake Griffin will play on Friday against Detroit. Nash said James Harden's availability will depend on how he feels Thursday and Friday morning noting, he's pretty "banged up." Nash said they'll throw out the tape on this loss to the Jazz and move on.
Tim MacMahon: Stephen Silas on James Harden: “Hopefully he’ll be able to play tomorrow.” Harden, who sat out last night due to a sprained ankle, got up shots today and will continue getting treatment.
Cayleigh Griffin: James Harden is a late scratch today. It’s a right ankle sprain - happened last game; was bothering him some today so team decided to be cautious. Eric Gordon will start in his place.
Salman Ali: Mike D'Antoni on James Harden's shoulder: "Well I asked him, and he kind of shrugged it off.... He'll fight through it. It doesn't really matter. He's going to be his normal greatness."
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets optimistic James Harden will be ready to play in Portland on Wednesday, source said.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guard James Harden is listed as questionable to play against the Nuggets with a bruised left thigh.
Marc J. Spears: Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni says guard James Harden is “good to go” tonight after his eye injury.
He still finished the game with 29 points on 9-of-19 shooting, six rebounds and four assists, which is the main reason why some Warriors players are downplaying the severity of his injury, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. “There are some players in that (Warriors) locker room that are not buying the whole James Harden eye being extremely hurt thing. They were talking about some of the shots he was shooting during the game then when he goes to the free throw line and squinting like he can’t see.”
Matt Young: By zooming in on @Brett Coomer's photo, you get an updated look at James Harden's eye at Friday's practice - three days after getting hit in the face by Draymond Green. Still extremely red. (Photo by @Brett Coomer)
Salman Ali: Mike D'Antoni says James Harden should be good to go on Saturday with clear vision. pic.twitter.com/SPF8ND21QD
Jonathan Feigen: D'Antoni said he was unsure if James Harden will practice today, but should be fine on Saturday. Harden was among first on the court and already shooting. Eyes look better, other than the cut.
The Houston Rockets are optimistic that star guard James Harden will not have any more problems with his vision in the Western Conference semifinals, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. After the Rockets' flight landed in Houston on Wednesday afternoon, Harden went straight to an eye doctor. Tests revealed no damage to either of Harden's corneas, a source said, and the Rockets expect his vision to be completely clear by Saturday's Game 3.
Tim MacMahon: James Harden went straight to an eye doctor after Rockets’ plane landed in Houston this afternoon. Team is optimistic he won’t have issues with vision in Game 3 and beyond. His left eye, where he has a contusion and cut inside eyelid, especially bothered him in Game 2.
Walking behind Chris Paul into a post-game news conference, Harden held his hand over his left eye. Harden dealt with bleeding in both eyes, including a lacerated left eyelid, following an accidental poke from the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green on Tuesday night. As Harden sat down to address the press, he squinted uncomfortably, shielding his eyes from the bright lights of the podium, and explained how the first-quarter injury had affected him. “I could barely see,” Harden said. “I just tried to go out there and do what I can to help my teammates. It is pretty blurry right now. Hopefully it gets better day by day.”
“What do you want me to say?” Harden said. “He asked me if I was alright. I said, 'Yeah.'" “I made a mistake and hit him in his eye,” Green had said, minutes earlier. “It’s not about hurting anybody out here. So many times, people forget that when a guy has an injury, you live with that every day, every second of every day. It is not just about the game.”
Salman Ali: Mike D'Antoni on James Harden's neck stiffness: "I know it's bothering him. After the game, it bothers him for sure. He's had it and what he had 57? 61?"
Salman Ali: James Harden is healthy and available for Houston's game tomorrow against the Atlanta Hawks.
September 18, 2021 | 2:39 am EDT Update
The Bulls’ offseason overhaul couldn’t have come at a better time, as Zach LaVine is on the final year of his contract with an extension yet to be signed. But if it were up to LaVine himself, he’s reportedly all-in on staying in the Windy City. That’s according to ESPN Chicago radio analyst David Kaplan, who’s heard from sources that the All-Star doesn’t want to go anywhere. Via ESPN 1000 FM: “He has told people that I know: ‘Hey man, if they want me here, I’m not going anywhere. I’m building this thing. I’m the first guy in the door. I wanna be part of this.’”
Is KAT’s trade value at all impacted by missing the playoffs yet again? If a Simmons deal can’t get done, would you think about trading him now, considering the likelihood that you may need to next offseason? — @JWeAnd1 Definitely no interest in trading him now. Towns will have plenty of value for the foreseeable future, barring a big injury. This is a big season. I think there will be more clarity, positive or negative, when 2021-22 concludes. Then the Wolves can make a real decision on how best to move forward. But Towns remains a focal point right now. That’s not changing anytime soon.
Morey will be in a similar position to Thibs in that rival executives will try to back him into a corner and wait for things to get really uncomfortable with Simmons, thereby driving down the asking price. But Morey is much more experienced in front office work than was Thibodeau, a coach to his core who had not yet started his third season as the lead decision-maker. Those around the league believe that if there is any executive able to stomach the circus that is sure to descend upon Philly, to block out the noise that comes with this kind of drama, it’s Morey.
Ben Simmons trade buzz has been one of the offseason’s hottest storylines, but president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and the 76ers have yet to pull the trigger in a deal involving the 25-year-old three-time All-Star. Will the Aussie wear the 76ers’ red, white and blue to start the season? By a wide margin, our panel’s vote projects Simmons to remain in Philly — at least until the season tips off on Oct. 19. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: 45%
Despite the on-paper match, ESPN’s NBA insider Zach Lowe took to his podcast to say there’s a slim chance of that actually happening due to the Clippers’ lack of interest in Russell Westbrook when he was available: “The Clippers were never interested in Russell Westbrook. They were a rumored Russell Westbrook trade in a few places whenever that happened. They were never interested. That was never a real thing. I think they value their optionality too much.” Lowe ultimately concluded, “I just don’t see it,” because, like Westbrook, Wall is over 30 and has a massive contract — $44 million due this season and a player option the following season for over $47 million.
The Philadelphia 76ers earn the top spot for Team Turmoil, as our experts predict which teams will be surrounded by the most drama this season. While the Ben Simmons saga lingers in Philly, the Lakers could share in the dramatics, as head coach Frank Vogel will have to incorporate former MVP Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony along with five former Laker alums. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: 61 points (55.0% first-place votes)