James Harden 'progressing,' but ruled out for Game 4
James Harden won't be ready to go for Game 4. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Nets star James Harden 'progressing,' but ruled out for Game 4 vs. Bucks

Brooklyn Nets star James Harden is "progressing," according to head coach Steve Nash. However, he won't be ready for Sunday's Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks. 

Harden suffered a hamstring injury in Game 1 against the Bucks. He played just 43 seconds before exiting. 

The Beard 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 players, aside from Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, have stepped up in Harden's absence. Joe Harris and Blake Griffin have been particularly impressive. 

Brooklyn will need Harris, Griffin and its bench players to continue to step up if the Nets want to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Bucks. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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