CHICAGO (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets will have all three superstars available for only the second time this season when they meet the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
James Harden was ready after missing a game with a hyperextended left knee. So did Kyrie Irving after a sprained left ankle put his status in question.
With these two joining Kevin Durant, the Nets were set to get a rare look this season at their Big Three in a showdown against the East’s top two teams.
“It’s really early,” coach Steve Nash said. “But any time these three get on the pitch together – we haven’t seen that much in the last year or so – it’s exciting for us. If we can have dozens of games under our belt with these three players, I think we can really develop something.
Harden did not play in Brooklyn’s loss to Portland on Monday. The three-time NBA scoring champion averaged 22.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 9.7 assists.
Irving twisted his ankle against the Trail Blazers. But against Chicago, he was only scheduled to play for the third time this season.
Irving, who refused to get a COVID-19 shot, is barred from dressing in New York due to the city’s mandate. He started playing on the road again.
Chicago implemented a similar vaccine mandate last week. But visiting professional and college athletes are allowed to play, as are non-resident performance artists.
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