The Brooklyn Nets have upgraded James Harden to doubtful for Tuesday night’s Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Harden is expected to test his injured hamstring in shootaround and has been determined to find a way to get cleared to play in Game 5, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Nets initially ruled Harden out for the game on Monday.
Before Sunday’s Game 4 loss, Nets head coach Steve Nash said Harden was doing on-court work, shooting and rehabilitation.
Harden suffered what the team has called “right hamstring tightness” 43 seconds into Game 1 of the series. His push to return comes after the Bucks have won two straight games to tie up the series 2-2.
Brooklyn’s effort to reach the Eastern Conference finals took another hit in Game 4 when Kyrie Irving exited with a sprained right ankle. He has been ruled out for Game 5.