Harden (hamstring) back for Nets in pivotal G5

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NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets star James Harden will play in Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The decision was made after he tested his right hamstring on the court before tipoff Tuesday night at Barclays Center.

It will be the first time Harden has been available to play in a game since June 5, when he injured his hamstring. Since then, he has been dealing with what the team has called hamstring tightness.

“I’m not sure the level of risk,” Steve Nash said before the game. “I think it is James’ decision. He wants to play. Ultimately, he wants to play. He’s been pushing.”

Harden participated in the Nets’ shootaround Tuesday morning with improvement in his hamstring, and that prompted the team to upgrade his status from doubtful to questionable for Game 5, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Harden was injured in the first minute of Game 1 of the Nets’ series against the Bucks.

The Nets are tied 2-2 in the Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Bucks and are preparing to be without guard Kyrie Irving (right ankle sprain) for the rest of the series, sources said. The team hasn’t officially ruled Irving out

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