Brooklyn’s “Large Three” has been extra of a “Decide Two” all through the 2020-21 season.
Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving have solely performed in seven video games collectively since Harden joined the Nets in January. Simply when it appeared the celebs would lastly align for Brooklyn with Durant on his method again to the courtroom, Harden went down with an damage, stopping coach Steve Nash from placing out his greatest lineup.
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The Nets have not precisely been struggling, in fact, as they’re tied with the 76ers for one of the best file within the Jap Convention (35-16) heading into Wednesday’s recreation towards the Pelicans (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). Nonetheless, Brooklyn want to construct some chemistry with solely 21 video games remaining earlier than the beginning of the 2021 NBA playoffs.
Listed here are the newest updates on Durant and Harden.
Will Kevin Durant play vs. Pelicans?
Durant was upgraded from probable to available on Wednesday, setting the stage for the two-time NBA Finals MVP to take the ground for the primary time since mid-February. Durant had missed the Nets’ final 23 video games with a hamstring damage.
“The final month or so, it is simply been me figuring out each day, taking part in right here and there with my teammates,” Durant mentioned in a video posted from the Nets’ Twitter account. “Primarily simply figuring out, simply attempting to remain prepared, preserving my stamina up and sharpening up my expertise so I can be capable to transition again easily.
“It is good to get just a few of these periods in earlier than I went and bounce into an NBA recreation. It is been too lengthy for me. I am simply excited to get again on the market.”
In 19 video games this season, Durant has averaged 29.0 factors, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per recreation. He missed the whole lot of final season as he recovered from an Achilles damage.
Will James Harden play vs. Pelicans?
Harden left Monday evening’s recreation towards the Knicks with what the Nets known as “right hamstring tightness.” The group introduced Tuesday that an MRI revealed a proper hamstring pressure and Harden would miss at the least 10 days.
MEDICAL UPDATE: James Harden underwent an MRI earlier at the moment which revealed a proper hamstring pressure. Harden will proceed to rehab the hamstring and can be re-evaluated in roughly 10 days. pic.twitter.com/Up1TXYaahQ
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 6, 2021
Since being traded from Houston to Brooklyn, Harden has emerged as an MVP candidate, averaging 25.4 factors, 11.0 assists and eight.7 rebounds per recreation with the Nets.
Nets vs. Pelicans damage report
(Present as of 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday)
|Nets||Spencer Dinwiddie||Out||Proper knee; partially torn ACL|
|Nets||Kevin Durant||Accessible||Left hamstring; pressure|
|Nets||James Harden||Out||Proper hamstring; tightness|
|Nets||Tyler Johnson||Out||Proper knee; soreness|
|Nets||Landry Shamet||Out||Proper ankle; sprain|
|Pelicans||Nickeil Alexander-Walker||Out||Left excessive ankle; sprain|
|Pelicans||Josh Hart||Out||Proper thumb; sprain|
|Pelicans||Brandon Ingram||Questionable||Proper first MTP; Irritation|
|Pelicans||Kira Lewis Jr.||Questionable||Proper calf; pressure|