NEW YORK-All-Star Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (James Harden) was excluded from Thursday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets due to tight hamstrings, and the team’s newly acquired center LaMarco LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to make his debut in Brooklyn.
Harden withdrew from the game in a 120-108 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. After that, coach Steve Nash said that Harden, who missed the entire fourth quarter, will be reassessed on Thursday morning. Nash said he doesn’t think this kind of injury will stop Harden for a long time.
At the same time, Aldridge has gone to work for the first time since agreeing to sign with Brooklyn on Saturday. Nash said that Aldridge has a short start time, so the team can assess his physical condition and integrate him safely into the lineup.
This is the first time Aldridge has participated in a game since the beginning of March, when the San Antonio Spurs announced that the center would be eliminated and they were trying to find another team for him.
Aldridge said that he thinks he can put on the rim to protect, and a three-pointer in Brooklyn can help make room.
Adding Aldridge should help the Nets, which are already in short supply. Brooklyn will not have Blake Griffin, who is sitting on the court for the second night in a row for injury repairs for the Nets; and Kevin Durant is still in training since 2 He has been retiring from a hamstring strain since mid-month.
After missing a sprained ankle in the past week and a half, Landry Shamet can also go to work on Thursday.
The Nets hope to have a complete and healthy lineup in the next few weeks so that they have enough time to build on-court chemistry before the playoffs. The Nets’ Durant, Harden and Kyrie Irving have only played three games together this season, and when Durant added a team from the buyout market, Durant was already injured.