‘Get His Legs Back’: Former NBA All-Star Puts Out His Views on James Harden Return for Brooklyn Nets

Published 05/11/2021, 9:27 PM EDT
May 2, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden stands on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets have most definitely become the scariest side in the NBA today since the reign of the Warriors ended in 2019. Although they’re placed #2 in the EC rankings, that does not give away the actual picture of their hidden potential. With James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant playing together, the NBA Power Ranking is theirs to top.

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However, the trio never really showed up consistently and that stopped the Nets from terrorizing the league. First, it was KD who was missing the games, then there was a little stretch where Ky was absent, and now, The Beard has been out for more than a month. So what are the chances of them playing together before the postseason?

James Harden almost ready to make a comeback

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The Beard has not shown up on the court since April 5, where he endured a hamstring injury. Now, this happened right before Kevin Durant was finally ready to make his return, and it further stopped the trio from playing together. However, now the latest update suggests that Harden can show up against the Spurs.

In a recent interview, 8x NBA All-Star Vince Carter discussed the positives of James Harden’s return. The Raptors legend expressed:

“This is an important stretch for them. It’s money time. It’s going to win time and they wanna dominate. And in the first round, for their team to get some cohesiveness, some time together, understanding, that makes it six and a half games together. Now they will probably get nine and a half/ten games together, it’s an even number, so it sounds good, but it’s not enough. So they wanna take care of the business in the first round. So it’s important for James to get his legs back more than anything, to get back and rip.”

As of today, the Big Three have played only seven games together, and they still have a chance to play three more. 

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What lies ahead for the Brooklyn Nets?

The first round for the Nets will be a cakewalk because they’ll play the winner between the Celtics and the Hornets. The C’s are weaker without Jaylen Brown and the Hornets stand no chance against a stacked Nets. So the killer trio will have at least four of those games to bring that chemistry before the second round. 

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The offensive ability of the Nets, that took a hit in Harden’s absence, will again be back. Plus, they have forward Joe Harris as another prolific starter to help during the rotation. From the bench, Blake Griffin, even while averaging just over 20 minutes, has shown some promise. So the Nets are an obvious favorite to win the conference, and Harden’s return will only cement this view.

Do you also see the Nets as the scariest team right now? 

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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