With Harden Back, the Nets’ big three are available against the Bulls | Sports News

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.

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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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