Brooklyn’s “Massive Three” has been extra of a “Choose 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 celebrities 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 finest lineup.
The Nets have not precisely been struggling, after all, as they’re tied with the 76ers for the very best report within the Jap 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 here are the most recent 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 each day, enjoying right here and there with my teammates,” Durant mentioned in a video posted from the Nets’ Twitter account. “Primarily simply understanding, simply making an attempt to remain prepared, holding my stamina up and sharpening up my abilities so I can be capable of transition again easily.
“It is good to get a couple of of these periods 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.Zero factors, 7.three rebounds and 5.three 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 evening’s recreation in opposition to the Knicks with what the Nets referred to as “right hamstring tightness.” The workforce introduced Tuesday that an MRI revealed a proper hamstring pressure and Harden would miss a minimum of 10 days.
MEDICAL UPDATE: James Harden underwent an MRI earlier at this time which revealed a proper hamstring pressure. Harden will proceed to rehab the hamstring and shall 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|