NEW YORK – James Harden played just 43 seconds from Game 1 between the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday before injuring his right tendon.
He was suspended until the end of the game and left the Barclays Center to take images of the hamstring, a team spokesman said.
Harden missed more than a month in the regular season with proper hamstring tension.
Harden drove to Jrue Holiday in the first minute of the game. As he approached the basket, Harden slowed and squeezed the back of his right leg. Shortly afterwards, he returned to the locker room.
Harden tensed his right tendon on April 5. He has previously missed two games with what the team calls “tendon tightening”
Harden eventually returned to Brooklyn on May 12. He missed a total of 21 games and played just two before the start of the season.
“Our way of thinking is that if we can get to this postseason, we’re right there,” Harden said on May 6. “We have a chance.”
Game 1 between the Bucks and the Nets had marked only the 14th time that the Nets’ Harden’s Big Three, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving had played together in one game.