The Brooklyn Nets have been riding high ever since James Harden arrived, but will now have to see how the team functions without him as he deals with an injury.
According to ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Harden is out for tonight’s game against the Washington Wizards. Per the report, Harden has a left thigh contusion.
Harden is averaging 24.3 points, 11.8 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game since joining the Nets earlier this month. He’s led the team in assists in each of his eight games for the team.
The Nets are 6-2 since acquiring Harden in that blockbuster trade with the Houston Rockets. They are currently 13-8 overall.
James Harden (left thigh contusion) is out tonight against Washington, the Nets say.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) January 31, 2021
As James Harden deals with his injury, the pressure and attention will once again be on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Durant has been as dominant as we expected he would. He’s averaging a team-leading 30.5 points per game and the team is 10-5 when he sees the court.
Kyrie, as always, is the wildcard of the team. The Nets are 8-5 with him on the court, but are still getting plenty of points out of him.
The upcoming week is a pretty critical one for the Nets. After Washington, they have games against the LA Clippers, Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers.
Winning any or all of those games will be a lot easier if James Harden recovers from his injury by then.
Can the Nets win tonight’s game without Harden?