According to the always knowledgeable Shams Charania of The Atheltic, James Harden will be out for at least ten days with a groin injury. His teammate Kevin Durant is expected to return on Wednesday.
We will still have to wait to see the trio Kevin Durant – James Harden – Kyrie Irving under the jersey of the Nets! The three have only played seven games together since Harden arrived in January, with a record of five wins and two losses, and they won’t play together for at least ten days. Indeed, while Kevin Durant, absent since mid-February due to an injury to the left adductors, must make his return this Wednesday, it is James Harden who crosses him in the infirmary of the Nets. The “bearded”, candidate for the title of MVP, will indeed be absent for at least ten days, according to the always well disproved Shams Charania of The Athletic. Hit in the right adductors against Houston on March 30, he returned on Monday for the derby against New York (won 114-112), but could only play four minutes, the pain being too intense.
Harden to miss clash against 76ers
Brooklyn will therefore have to do without its star, who turns 25.2 points, 10.9 assists and 8 rebounds on average this season, for at least four games: against New Orleans on Wednesday, against the Lakers on Saturday, in Minnesota on Monday and especially in Philadelphia on April 14 for the clash between the first two of the Eastern Conference. But barring a disaster, the Nets (35 wins – 16 losses) can count on Kevin Durant for this shock, since he must make his comeback against the Pelicans, still according to Shams Charania. The franchise did not want to take any risk with him, after a white 2019-20 season due to Achilles tendon rupture. In 19 games since the start of the season, Durant is averaging 29 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists. It remains to be seen whether the trio will have time to accumulate matches before the play-offs to arrive in top form for these final stages of which they are among the favorites …