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Brooklyn Nets star James Harden to return Wednesday night

James Harden, Brooklyn Nets
Mar 31, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) warms up before the game against the Houston Rockets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets star James Harden plans to return Wednesday night against the visiting San Antonio Spurs, The Athletic reported.

Sidelined for five weeks with a hamstring strain, Harden will play assuming that pregame warmups go smoothly.

Harden, 31, has missed 20 of Brooklyn’s last 21 games, including the last 18 in a row. He tried to play against the New York Knicks on April 5 but was removed after just four minutes.

The Nets (45-24) are 11-11 in the games Harden has missed since he joined the team in a Jan. 13, 2021 trade from the Houston Rockets.

The nine-time All-Star guard and three-time NBA scoring champion is averaging 25.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 10.9 assists in 42 games this season, including 25.4 points, 8.7 boards and 11.0 assists in 34 games (all starts) with the Nets.

Brooklyn enters Wednesday’s play in second place in the Eastern Conference, two games behind the Philadelphia 76ers with three games remaining.

–Field Level Media