The Brooklyn Nets will have to go to work without James Harden again on Monday night.
According to ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Harden has been ruled out for Game 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks with right hamstring tightness.
Harden exited Saturday’s series-opening 115-107 win over the Bucks after just 43 seconds. He suffered the hamstring injury after kicking the ball out to Joe Harris in the corner.
Harden previously had an issue with the same hamstring earlier in the season. It caused him to miss more than a month before returning for the final week of the regular season.
Several other players stepped up with the three-time scoring champion unavailable for much of Game 1. Joe Harris finished the series opener with 19 points, two rebounds and two assists, while Blake Griffin notched 18 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. Mike James also contributed 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
The Nets will need those players to have similar performances in Game 2 if they hope to take a 2-0 series lead over superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.