NEW YORK – Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden will miss at least 10 days with a right hamstring strain, but teammate Kevin Durant is likely to return Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans, the team announced. on Tuesday.
Harden played just four minutes before being ruled in Monday’s 114-112 win over the New York Knicks; he had missed the previous two games.
Harden, one of the favorites to win the League MVP, is averaging 25.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 10.9 assists for the Nets.
Meanwhile, Durant has missed the past 23 games after suffering a right hamstring strain on February 13. He has played just seven games alongside Kyrie Irving and Harden. Since then, the Nets have added Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge to their roster.
Initially, Durant had been ruled for just two games, but later footage revealed more severe tension. Last week, Durant said he had been out of the game much longer than expected.
He had moved on to the everyday phase of his hamstring rehab, including working out on the Barclays Center court before the Nets’ game against the Knicks on Monday.
Durant has played just 19 of the Nets’ 51 games this season. He was placed in the League’s health and safety procedures twice after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus, missing a total of two weeks.
He is averaging 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game this season.