The return of Nets guard James Harden to the court was short-lived.
Harden was forced from Monday’s game against the Knicks in the first half with a strained right hamstring, and he did not return. It was the same hamstring that kept him out of the previous two competitions.
The injury occurred in the first quarter, after Harden entered and kicked the ball to a teammate on the right wing. Replays show that he took a misstep and stopped. Harden immediately pointed to the Brooklyn bench, and coach Steve Nash signaled his Nets to commit an intentional foul to stop the game and get the limping Harden off the court.
It will be a blow to Brooklyn, which is still trying to get its Big Three healthy and on the court.
After Nash hoped Kevin Durant could come back from his own hamstring strain on Monday, the former MVP missed his 23rd straight game and is now in doubt for the rest of the season. week.
The Big Three haven’t been together since Feb. 13, when Durant last played in a win at Golden State. They have started just seven games together throughout the season, with 21 dates remaining on the schedule. It remains to be seen by how many, if any, Harden will be sidelined.