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James Harden relapses from his injury (right hamstring) and leaves the game against Knicks

NEW YORK – Brooklyn Nets star James Harden played just four minutes before he was ruled out for the remainder of Monday night’s game against the New York Knicks due to a strained right hamstring.

Harden’s brief comeback came after he missed the Nets’ last two games dealing with the same injury.

Before the game, Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said Harden would not have a minute restriction.

“We definitely don’t want to wear it down,” Nash said before the start. “So we will do our best, which is sometimes very difficult. We will try to limit his minutes if we have the opportunity.”

Nash reiterated that the images taken of Harden’s hamstring did not reveal any structural damage, so the team looked at him and his training staff to decide when he felt good enough to play.

“I think he’s in a position where he was fatigued,” Nash said.

The Nets were already without Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Tyler Johnson and Landry Shamet.

Harden, one of the favorites for the ‘MVP’ of the league, averaging 26.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game.

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