Nets star James Harden suffered a right hamstring injury 43 seconds into Saturday night’s opener of the Eastern semifinals and has been ruled out for the rest of the game, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic.
On the TNT telecast, Jared Greenburg reported that Harden has left Barclays Center to have an MRI on the hamstring, relays Ian Begley of SNY.TV (Twitter link).
Harden got hurt on his first drive to the basket, according to Brian Lewis of The New York Post. He passed the ball to Joe Harris in the corner, then grabbed at his right leg in pain. He slowly walked to the locker room as Brooklyn coach Steve Nash called timeout 43 seconds into the game.
Injuries have been an issue for the Nets’ Big Three, who played together just a handful of times in the regular season after Harden was acquired from the Rockets in mid-January. Harden played a career-low 44 games this season, missing more than a month of action in April in May with a strained right hamstring.