James Harden entered the League’s well being and security protocols Tuesday simply three hours earlier than the Nets tipoff in opposition to the Toronto Raptors. Harden is the seventh Nets participant to enter the protocols up to now three days, becoming a member of Bruce Brown, Paul Millsap, DeAndre’ Bembry, Jevon Carter, LaMarcus Aldridge, and James Johnson.
Nets‘ James Harden and Bruce Brown have entered well being and security protocols and are out tonight vs. Raptors.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 14, 2021
The drastic lack of expertise on the courtroom comes amidst Brooklyn’s five-game homestead, wherein they took the primary recreation in opposition to the Raptors 131-129 behind Kevin Durant’s game-high 34-point triple-double.
In accordance with ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Brooklyn has 5 hardship exemptions accessible, with every contract costing round $500K towards their luxurious tax invoice. The franchise elected to make use of their first hardship exemption to signal Langston Galloway to a 10-day contract after enjoying for the Phoenix Suns final season.
Brooklyn’s COVID-19 outbreak comes just a little over per week after enjoying in opposition to the Chicago Bulls, who’ve needed to postpone two video games in opposition to the Pacers and Pistons, and have 10 complete gamers beneath virus protocol.
Except Harden data two consecutive damaging check ends in a 24-hour interval, the Nets could possibly be relying closely upon Durant’s manufacturing for the foreseeable future.