James Harden To Miss At Least 10 Days, Kevin Durant Returns To Nets Wednesday
While Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden will miss at least 10 days with a right hamstring sprain, his teammate Kevin Durant is set to return Wednesday night just in time for Brooklyn’s game against the Pelicans.
Harden played four minutes before he was taken out of Brooklyn’s 114-112 victory against the Knicks on Monday night. Before Monday, he missed two games. Superstar Harden is in the race for league MVP, averaging 25.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 10.9 assists per game for Brooklyn.
According to the team, while Harden will be out, Durant will be available for Wednesday’s game. Durant, 32, missed the last 23 games after spraining his right hamstring on February 13. He has only played a total of seven games alongside fellow superstars Kyrie Irving and Harden. Since Durant’s exit, the Nets have acquired Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge.
At first, Durant was only ruled out for two games, but his strain was more severe than he thought, and KD has been sidelined much longer than anticipated. Durant has only played in 19 of Brooklyn’s 51 total games this season. Besides injuries, he was placed on the NBA’s health, and safety procedures list twice after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Over the course of this season, Durant is averaging 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Harden will be missed, but on the bright side, at least Durant will be returning to bolster the already stacked Brooklyn team.