Will James Harden Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs San Antonio Spurs: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 03/01/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) reacts after making a shot against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets embark on a three-day Western Conference road trip tonight before the All-Star break. They face the San Antonio Spurs today as they aim to shake off their previous loss and return to winning ways. The Spurs are in good form after a win in their last game against the Pelicans and will aim to do more of the same tonight.

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Date & Time: March 1, 2021, 8:30pm ET

Venue: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

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Preview | Brooklyn Nets

In their previous game, the Nets saw their eight-game winning streak halted by the Mavericks. It was a surprising loss, which almost turned into a blowout as they lost by 17 points. Kyrie Irving was missing while James Harden wasn’t at his best. One bad game after a series of good games will not be a big deal for them, and they will aim to bounce back tonight.

Feb 27, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) takes a three point shot in the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant (hamstring) headlines the Nets‘ injury list and is at least going to be out until the All-Star break ends. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (knee), Jeff Green (shoulder), and Tyler Johnson (head) are listed as questionable and could potentially get playing time.

Starting 5 for the Brooklyn Nets

Guard – Kyrie Irving

Guard – James Harden

Forward – Bruce Brown

Forward – Joe Harris

Center – DeAndre Jordan

Preview | San Antonio Spurs

No one would have predicted that the Spurs would be where they are now. Their strong start to the season has helped them get hold of the #5 spot in the Western Conference standings for now. They have had some impressive wins against the Lakers, Clippers, and the Celtics so far, and they are proving their wins have been no fluke. Snubbed All-Star DeMar DeRozan’s form has been at the heart of this run.

Feb 27, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan (10) dribbles in against New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (5) in the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

The Spurs have been hit badly by the league’s COVID-19 protocol, as they have five players on the injury list because of it. While Keldon Johnson could return to action tonight, Devin Vassell, Derrick White, Quinndary Weatherspoon, and Rudy Gay will miss a day or two more.

Starting 5 for the San Antonio Spurs

Guard – Dejounte Murray

Guard – Lonnie Walker IV

Forward – DeMar DeRozan

Forward – Trey Lyles

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Center – Jakub Poetl

Preview | Nets vs Spurs

While it is tough to count out the Spurs, the Nets look stronger. But the Spurs have what it takes to stop them. Murray going up against Irving will be a fun matchup as a defensive menace faces the offensive genius. Walker will have to do his best to keep up with Harden, but it could go out of hand for the young guard. The Nets will be expected to win but the Spurs are no pushovers so it will be tough.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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