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James Harden 2021 Nets vs. Jazz. Opted In to Tuesday39;s Win

James Harden 2021 Nets vs. Jazz.  Opted In to Tuesday39;s Win

James Harden 2021 Nets vs. Jazz. Opted In to Tuesday39;s Win

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Wed, 24 Mar 2021 10:00:00 -0700

Over the last seven full 82-game seasons through the 2018-19 season, Harden averaged 78 games per year

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This season, he's leading the NBA in minutes per 

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After being listed as questionable for Tuesday night’s game in Portland, James Harden acknowledged that he was “very close” to not playing before opting in after going through pregame warmups.

Harden took a hit just before halftime of Sunday’s home game against the Wizards but returned to play the second half.

Brooklyn’s status report on Monday listed him with neck soreness.

Over the last seven full 82-game seasons through the 2018-19 season, Harden averaged 78 games per year.

This season, he’s leading the NBA in minutes per game (38.0).

He played 40 minutes in the 116-112 win over Portland, putting up 17 assists — his highest total in 30 games with the Nets — and leading Brooklyn with 25 points.

“I love to hoop,” said Harden.

“I love to be out there and taking on the challenge of finding ways to win games.

In basketball, everything isn’t gonna be perfect.

Whether you’re playing through injuries or playing banged up, I just think in life, everything isn’t always gonna be perfect, so you find ways to fight through adversity.

Obviously, when you’re hurt, you’re hurt.

You sit out.

But I try to find a way to just go out there and make an impact and play if I’m able to, if I’m not risking anything, if that makes sense.

And that’s how I’ve been throughout the course of my career.

“Throughout the regular season, I think everybody knows I love to play.

I don’t really rest.

I love to hoop.

I love to be out there and be there for my teammates.

I feel like if I’m on the court, my teammates have a better chance of winning.

So that’s just my mindset.

Tomorrow when I wake up, if I feel like I can go, I’m gonna go.

It’s just that simple.”

NEXT MAN UP DELIVERS AGAIN

While James Harden was able to play, the Nets took off for their three-game road trip without Kyrie Irving and Landry Shamet.

Irving is away from the team to tend to a family matter, while Shamet suffered an ankle sprain Sunday against Washington.

So the Nets, who have also been playing without Kevin Durant for all but one game since Feb.

6, rolled out their 22nd different starting lineup of the season.

The rotation included Blake Griffin, who made his Nets debut on Sunday, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, who has played sparingly since returning after missing several games due to knee soreness.

And they won again, for the 16th time in 18 games.

Luwawu-Cabarrot hit two 3-pointers in the first-quarter shootout and finished with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting with four rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes.

Griffin made 3-of-4 shots to finish with eight points and five rebounds.

Tyler Johnson, who has been a reliable part of the second unit since moving into the rotation with Durant’s absence, came through with a 3-pointer when the Nets were leading by two points midway through the fourth quarter, and with the Blazers back within three points in the final minutes, hit a baseline jumper for another five-point lead.

“It’s a difficult spot when you have inconsistent minutes,” said Harris.

“That’s a challenge in itself to find that rhythm, but they’re guys that are professional, they come in every day, they’re about the right stuff.

We can always count on them and I think it shows up in games like tonight we’re you’re gonna ask more of those guys that some of them, like TLC, he was injured, a little bit banged up coming out of the break, inconsistent minutes since the break, and then tonight he comes in and plays a huge role for us and that kind of goes back to what I said about guys from the top of the roster all the way down to the bottom.

We have capable players that are able to come in and help us win games.”

ABOUT THE JAZZ

The Jazz have the best record in the league at 31-11.

The Nets won the previous meeting 130-96 at Barclays Center on Jan.

5.

When the Jazz lost to the Knicks the next night, they were 4-4.

They’re 27-7 since.

Utah is third in the NBA in both points per game (116.7) and offensive rating.

They score 43.4 percent of their points from 3-point range, the leading rate in the league, while ranking first in 3-pointers made (16.9) and attempted (42.7) per game and third in 3-point percentage (39.6).

Utah is also first in net rating (8.3) and seventh in defensive rating (109.5), second in rebounds per game (47.8) and rebound percentage (52.8).

Rudy Gobert is second in the league in both rebounds (13.5) and blocks per game (2.8) and fourth in field goal percentage (64.1) while averaging 14.5 points per game.

Donovan Mitchell leads Utah with 25.4 points per game.

Mike Conley is shooting 42.2 percent from 3-point range and averaging 16.4 points and Joe Ingles is shooting 50.0 percent from 3-point range and averaging 12.3 points.

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Wed, 24 Mar 2021 10:00:00 -0700

The Nets are coming off a win over the Blazers

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The Nets are coming off a win over the Blazers.

UPDATE: March 24 — Harden is questionable to play again Wednesday vs.

the Utah Jazz.

Harden was able to go in Tuesday’s win over the Blazers, scoring 25 points with 17 assists.

He had a very off shooting night, going 7-of-24 from the floor and 0-of-7 from downtown.

Brooklyn Nets G James Harden is questionable to play in Tuesday’s game vs.

the Portland Trail Blazers due to a sore back.

The Nets announced earlier Monday that PG Kyrie Irving is away from the team to attend to a family matter and will not play in at least the next three games during the road trip.

Kevin Durant is still sidelined with a hamstring injury.

So the Nets could be down the entire Big 3 to start off the week.

We’re going to get a glimpse at the old school Nets team sans superstars.

The thing is they are also missing Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen, so really the Nets are left with a bunch of veterans and Joe Harris.

That is if Harden ends up being sidelined.

The Nets play a back-to-back set though, so Harden could rest Tuesday and return Wednesday.

We’ll have to see what happens throughout the day.

As for fantasy basketball options, you’d think Harris becomes the main offensive option.

He can’t create as much off the dribble but is the best shooter on the team with all three All-Stars out.

Jeff Green, Tyler Johnson and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will also need to step up along with Bruce Brown.

All four should get significant run.

The Harden news may impact how we approach the Blazers more.

Do we expect a blowout in favor of Portland? If so, then does that mean we don’t see as much Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum? That could be the case if the game is out of hand at halftime.

Normally, the Nets need at least one stud to remain a competitive team (though they’ve surprised us before).

Since we have this news today, we can plan on reacting to whatever happens on Tuesday.

If you can get any lines on this game in anticipation of Harden being out, go for it.

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– March 24, 2021

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