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Brooklyn Nets star James Harden could return Wednesday after extended absence

Mar 29, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) warms up prior to the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The championship-contending Brooklyn Nets might very well get back star guard James Harden before the end of the 2020-21 NBA regular season.

Sidelined since all the way back on April 7th with a lingering hamstring injury, Harden could return for Wednesday’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, he’s expected to be a game-time decision.

The imminent return of James Harden comes with only three games remaining on the Nets’ regular-season slate. It also comes after teammate Kyrie Irving suffered a head injury during Tuesday’s win over the Chicago Bulls.

Harden, Irving and Kevin Durant have appeared in less than 10 games as a trio since he was acquired from the Houston Rockets in a blockbuster trade early this season.

Even then, Brooklyn finds itself at 45-24 on the season and pretty much entrenched in as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. It has posted a mediocre 10-8 record with James Harden sidelined. With the MVP candidate on the court this season, the Nets are 27-7.