March 27, 2023

Harden, Brown enter protocols; Nets’ listing now at 7

11:26 AM ET

Tim BontempsESPN

NEW YORK CITY– James Harden and Bruce Brown have actually gotten in the NBAs COVID-19 well being and security procedures, the Nets presented roughly an hour earlier than Tuesday night times 131-129 extra time win over the Toronto Raptors at Barclays Middle
The 2 additions presented the workforces whole to seven gamers dominated out as a result of protocols throughout the previous day. Ahead Paul Millsap entered them Monday, and was adopted by forwards LaMarcus Aldridge, James Johnson, DeAndre Bembry and guard Jevon Carter earlier Tuesday.
Coach Steve Nash pointed out a “couple” of each coaches and workers members have additionally entered the protocols.
” Were not ignorant sufficient to not have problems about extra people contracting the infection, however that is out of our arms,” Nash pointed out quickly earlier than the Harden and Brown statement.
” We merely need to see what the protocols are. We wont do so much correct now besides prepare for results to come back in and management whats in our arms, so were in a way taking pleasure in the all set recreation, and in a way gon na have the ability to audible counting on what happens.”
Nash well-known that “mainly” the whole gamers who had examined useful had actually been asymptomatic.

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1 AssociatedHarden strolled into Barclays Middle about an hour earlier than it was presented he had gone into the procedures. Brown, in the meantime, was out on the court docket heating up earlier than the sport.
To clear the leagues well being and security protocols, a participant must both be out for no less than 10 days, or return 2 unfavourable PCR tests not less than 24 hours aside.
Kevin Durant, who had actually been doubtful to face Toronto because of proper ankle soreness, was cleared to play by the workforces docs, offering the Nets eight available players for the sport: Nic Claxton, David Duke Jr., Kessler Edwards, Blake Griffin, Patty Mills, DayRon Sharpe, Cam Thomas and Durant.
Brooklyn sticks with out Joe Harris (left ankle surgical treatment) and Kyrie Irving (failure to satisfy New York Metropoliss vaccination necessities).
The Nets confronted the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 4. The Bulls had actually been simply beginning a stretch throughout which their roster has been decimated by a COVID-19 break out.
Chicago had two video games this week towards Detroit and Toronto delayed– the main NBA computer game this season to be postponed. Chicago has actually had Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Troy Brown Jr., Coby White, Javonte Green, Matt Thomas, Derrick Jones Jr., Ayo Dosunmu, Stanley Johnson and Alize Johnson all enter the protocols.
The New York Knicks on Tuesday had their third individual prior to now 4 days go into the procedures in novice guard Quentin Grimes. Obi Toppin and RJ Barrett went into the procedures over the weekend.
The Nets, in the meantime, had been merely scrambling to identify who they d get on the court docket. ESPNs Bobby Marks reported that Brooklyn might have as numerous as 5 challenge exceptions to try to fill out their lineup with greater than the eight gamers that they had accessible Tuesday, however that every one would price Brooklyn near $500,000 in luxurious taxes.
Nash chose to start out novice guard Duke, whos on a two-way offer, in Hardens typical beginning area, along with Durant, Mills, Griffin and Claxton.
” You just do the most reliable youll be able to,” Nash mentioned when requested how he is attempting to browse such a fancy roster state of affairs on the fly. “There is no magic components for that.
” You simply attempt to audible and be flexible and fit with the knowledge due to the fact that it comes, not just with the testing and earlier than the sport, but in addition through the recreation were gon na must remember and alive and guaranteeing we discover the stability in between attempting to be as aggressive as possible however in addition defending the group.”
As for an extra one among Brooklyns lacking players, Nash discussed there was no replace on Irvings standing as he stays unvaccinated and, hence, disqualified to play video games in New York Metropolis. The Nets introduced earlier than the season that they d not be making use of Irving as a part-time individual.

” Ive no updates,” Nash mentioned. “Ive linked with him however entirely exterior of the scope of the question and simply in life normally. We linked final week, however not with any intel or perception that problems are modifying.
” I do know he is figuring out and I do know he d like to be taking pleasure in, nevertheless I believe the limits are however the similar as they had been earlier than most current stories.”
Tuesday marked the start of a five-game homestand for the Nets. From there, Brooklyn goes out West to deal with the Portland Trail Blazers on Dec. 23 earlier than enjoying their 2 computer game in Los Angeles this season: very first towards the Lakers on Christmas Day on ABC/ESPN, after which towards the Clippers on Dec. 27.
ESPNs Ohm Youngmisuk added to this report.