The Brooklyn Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 115-107 but their star guard James Harden suffered a hamstring injury in the first minute of the game. Harden, who missed a good number of games in the regular season due to a hamstring injury, again suffered the same injury just seconds into Game 1 of the series against the Bucks.
"You know we got a lot thrown at us this year, so we were, in a sense, well trained for this event," Nets coach Steve Nash said after the game, per ESPN. "But you never want to see that for someone like James, who is such an important player and such an incredible player and cares so much.
"I'm heartbroken for him. I don't know what's going to happen. I don't know if he's playing the next game, if he's out. I have no idea. But I'm heartbroken for him that he had to miss tonight."
Kevin Durant sorry for Harden
"I didn't realize what had happened until he had started walking off the court, but we supposed to run [a] play and he wasn't in his spot, and I looked at him, he was grimacing," said Durant, who had 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Nets to the win.
"It just sucks. It sucks. It sucks because I want him to be out there. "I know how much he cares. I know how much he wants to be in this moment. It sucks. Wishing him a speedy recovery. Keep him involved as much as possible.
It's just a bad break." Durant and Kyrie Irving stepped up and led the Nets to a win in Game 1. "I mean, it's never easy to lose anybody, especially this time of the year where we just wanna have fun playing basketball and playing the right way and competing at a high level," said Brooklyn guard Irving, who had 25 points and eight assists in 45 minutes.
"We're obviously out there for bigger reasons, so when you see the game snatched away so early from one of our brothers, we feel for him, and we just had to make a quick adjustment and just adjust from there. "That's the best thing we can do.
We just came in the huddle, made sure that everybody on the bench knew kind of the situation we were in, and like I said, we just played out from there. It went our way tonight, but obviously, we're gonna feel his loss no matter what."