Brooklyn Nets star James Harden (hamstring) ruled out for Game 2 vs. Bucks

Jun 1, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) reacts after a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter of game five of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden has been ruled out of Game 2 of the second-round playoff series against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks due to right hamstring tightness.

The Nets said they will provide further updates when appropriate.

Harden was injured during the opening minute of Saturday’s 115-107 victory over the Bucks.

Harden appeared to sustain the injury while driving on the Bucks’ Jrue Holiday and passing the ball to teammate Blake Griffin. He grabbed his right hamstring and gingerly walked up the floor. The Nets called a timeout 43 seconds into the game and subbed him out.

Harden averaged 24.6 points, 10.9 assists and 8.5 rebounds on 47.1 percent shooting in 36 regular-season games after being acquired from the Houston Rockets in mid-January. He also missed 18 games with a right hamstring injury before returning May 12.

–Field Level Media