The Brooklyn Nets trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving are slated to seem of their eighth sport collectively this season on Saturday in opposition to the Chicago Bulls.
Will probably be their first sport collectively since February 13 in opposition to the Golden State Warriors.
“If every part stays the identical,” coach Steve Nash mentioned after Friday afternoon’s apply, “these three will play tomorrow.”
As issues stand, the Nets try to lock up the second seed within the Japanese Convention this weekend.
After they tackle the Bulls, the Nets play their closing regular-season sport in opposition to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
Quite a few accidents and private issues have stored Durant, Harden, and Irving from taking part in collectively.
Durant injured his hamstring in opposition to the Warriors and missed over a month of motion.
Then, as Durant ready to return in early April, Harden strained his hamstring and missed 5 weeks.
No less than some combo of the Huge Three has performed collectively in 46 video games for Brooklyn this season, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Data.
Harden and Irving have performed in 19 video games collectively, Durant and Irving have performed 17 video games collectively, and Harden and Durant have solely performed three video games collectively, together with their most up-to-date victory in opposition to the San Antonio Spurs.
That sport was Harden’s first sport again since April 5.
Head coach, Steve Nash hopes that only one sport will not less than construct some extra chemistry on the court docket for his deadly trio going into the postseason.
“It’s been few and much between,” Nash mentioned. “I don’t essentially have any expectations aside from it offers us a chance to jell and play collectively and really feel what it’s prefer to be on the market once more.”
Veteran ahead Jeff Inexperienced is simply glad the Nets stars will probably be again in uniform collectively.
“I’m simply glad they’re on the ground,” ahead Jeff Inexperienced mentioned.
“We’re attending to lastly attempt to create a rhythm with all guys wholesome. We’ll see what occurs from there. We now have an extended week to arrange for whomever we play. For these guys, it will likely be good. For us, it will likely be good to get a glance and see the place we’re at when everyone is wholesome.”
If the Brooklyn Nets are going to safe the second seed, they might want to win their closing two video games.
Ought to they go 1-1, the trailing Milwaukee Bucks personal the tiebreaker and are solely path the Nets by one sport for No.2 within the East.