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James Harden 'very confident' he'll play before Brooklyn Nets start playoffs

Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden, who has been out for over a month with a hamstring strain, says he is "very confident" he will return before the playoffs begin.

"The plan is to hopefully get an opportunity to play a couple games before the postseason," Harden said Thursday. "We're just taking one day at a time."

The Nets have six regular-season games remaining, including Thursday night's contest against the Dallas Mavericks, before the playoffs start May 22. Harden, who has already been ruled out against the Mavericks, is traveling with the team.