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James Harden returning for Nets-Lakers Christmas Day conflict


The Nets are anticipated to have sufficient wholesome our bodies to put their extremely anticipated Christmas Day sport on the Lakers — simply barely.

And James Harden is predicted to be amongst them, though fellow Big 3 members Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving aren’t.

“The plan is to fly to Los Angeles (Friday) and play Christmas,” Steve Nash stated Thursday. “We needed to shut every part down simply out of precaution. But as soon as we bought again to a cadence, wholesome guys might do one-on-0 exercises, however no group exercises.

“It basically just started up (Wednesday), and (now) guys are back on the court. And in isolation. It’s tricky. We haven’t been able to do a lot; but we do what we can and we will continue to adapt as the rules and mandates come in.”

After having their final three video games postponed as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak and a raft of gamers within the NBA’s well being and security protocols, three gamers have cleared protocols (Harden, Paul Millsap and Jevon Carter) whereas three new ones went in (rookies Cam Thomas, Kessler Edwards and David Duke Jr.).

That leaves Brooklyn with 10 gamers in protocols (together with Durant, the league’s main scorer, and Irving) and starter Joe Harris out with an ankle harm. Young middle Nic Claxton’s standing with a sore wrist is up within the air.

James Harden has returned to the Nets after being cleared from COVID protocols.
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Brooklyn has signed 4 hardship replacements, and Nash stated he doesn’t anticipate including any extra, regardless that no extra sidelined gamers are anticipated to clear protocols earlier than the Lakers tilt on Christmas Day.

In addition to Durant and Irving, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre’ Bembry, Bruce Brown, James Johnson and Day’Ron Sharpe all went into protocols on Dec. 14 or Dec. 18, and are nonetheless in.

“We are not expecting anyone else to come out of protocols,” Nash stated. “But it is possible. I think you have to do two negative tests 24 hours apart; I guess that gives us to (Thursday night) and (Friday) night to return two negatives. But we’re not predicting anybody to come out necessarily.”

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