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 manner again to the courtroom, Harden went down with an damage, stopping coach Steve Nash from placing out his greatest lineup.
The Nets have not precisely been struggling, in fact, as they’re tied with the 76ers for the most effective document within the Japanese Convention (35-16) heading into Wednesday’s recreation in opposition to the Pelicans (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). Nonetheless, Brooklyn wish to construct some chemistry with solely 21 video games remaining earlier than the beginning of the 2021 NBA playoffs.
Listed below 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 understanding every single day, enjoying right here and there with my teammates,” Durant mentioned in a video posted from the Nets’ Twitter account. “Primarily simply understanding, simply attempting to remain prepared, protecting my stamina up and sharpening up my expertise so I can have the ability to transition again easily.
“It is good to get a couple of of these classes in earlier than I went and soar 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 everything of final season as he recovered from an Achilles damage.
Will James Harden play vs. Pelicans?
Harden left Monday night time’s recreation in opposition to the Knicks with what the Nets referred to as “right hamstring tightness.” The staff introduced Tuesday that an MRI revealed a proper hamstring pressure and Harden would miss no less than 10 days.
MEDICAL UPDATE: James Harden underwent an MRI earlier in the present day 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 midday ET on Wednesday; Pelicans haven’t but submitted their damage report)
|Nets||Spencer Dinwiddie||Out||Proper knee; partially torn ACL|
|Nets||Kevin Durant||Out there||Left hamstring; pressure|
|Nets||James Harden||Out||Proper hamstring; tightness|
|Nets||Tyler Johnson||Out||Proper knee; soreness|
|Nets||Landry Shamet||Out||Proper ankle; sprain|