Nets G Harden upgraded to probable vs. Suns

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PHOENIX — James Harden (right hand strain) went through all of Tuesday’s shootaround and has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns.

“I think he’s feeling less irritation,” Nash said after Tuesday’s shootaround. “So the inflammation’s come down. Therefore, the irritation is much better and he feels like he’s functioning well so we’re very hopeful.”

Nash said Harden went through all of Monday’s practice and Tuesday’s shootaround, but they want to see how he warms up before the game before making a final decision.

As for Nets big man LaMarcus Aldridge (sprained left ankle), the news isn’t as good. An MRI on Monday confirmed the sprain and Nash said the center would be out at least another week.

“LaMarcus will be out the rest of the trip,” Nash said. “He’s got a little sprain. So we’ll re-evaluate him after the trip.”

Nash was hopeful that the Nets would see Aldridge again before the All-Star break. The Nets have 10 more games before the break.

“Hopefully we’ll see them before then,” Nash said. “But I couldn’t guarantee it. But I’m not there yet.” Nash said after Monday’s practice that Nets star Kevin Durant (sprained MCL) is progressing in his rehab but there is still no timeline for his return. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported initially after the injury that there was optimism within the Nets organization that Durant would only be out 4-6 weeks.

“I think he’s still on the same course,” Nash said. “Improving. But we don’t have any timelines or anything like that. But he’s going in the right direction, clearly.”

The same cannot be said for guard Joe Harris, who remains out after ankle surgery. Harris was supposed to only be out somewhere between 4-8 weeks after surgery in late November, but Nash acknowledged last week that Harris has some “setbacks” in his rehab.

“No update on Joe,” Nash said after Monday’s practice. “He’s still doing his rehab and progressing, but nothing to report.”

Source: ESPN NBA


Author: Ellen Garcia