NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (June 15): James Harden Cleared to Play Game 5 on Tuesday
Steven Ryan/Getty Images. Pictured: James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets.
Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Tuesday’s NBA slate, along with notable injury news for each squad. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out our Action Labs NBA lineups page.
NBA Injury News
7:45 p.m. ET Update: James Harden will play Game 5 despite his hamstring injury, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
1:30 p.m. ET Update: James Harden has been upgraded again for Tuesday’s Game 5, this time from doubtful to questionable. He plans to play barring a setback in pregame warmups, according to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania.
11 a.m. ET Update: The Nets have upgraded Harden’s status from out to doubtful for Tuesday’s game. He is expected to test his hamstring in shootaround and has been determined to try and find a way to get cleared to play in Game 5, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Brooklyn Nets will be without James Harden and Kyrie Irving for Game 5 on Tuesday.
Harden has missed all but the first 43 seconds of the second-round series due to a tight right hamstring, and Irving was unable to return during the second half of Game 4 due to an ankle injury. Head coach Steve Nash added that he has “no idea” if Irving will be able to return in this series and there has been no update Harden’s hamstring.
When Harden and Irving have been off the court this postseason, Kevin Durant has led the Nets with a 48.5% usage rate and 53.8% assist rate. Mike James, Landry Shamet, and Tyler Johnson could receive a boost in minutes on in the backcourt.
Be sure to check the Action Labs NBA page for real-time updates.
Projected Starting Lineups
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets (8:30 p.m. ET)
Bucks Projected Lineup
PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Khris Middleton
SF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Brook Lopez
Injury news: Nothing new
Nets Projected Lineup
PG – James Harden
SG – Joe Harris
SF – Jeff Green
PF – Kevin Durant
C – Blake Griffin
Injury news: James Harden (hamstring) is active, Kyrie Irving (ankle) is out