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Will Kevin Durant, James Harden play on Christmas Day vs. Lakers?

The Nets’ superstars have been in health and safety protocols the past few weeks. We go over whether or not they’ll play Christmas Day in LA.

James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets congratulates teammate Kevin Durant #7 after Durant hit a shot to secure the lead in the final minute of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Barclays Center on December 03, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 110-105.  Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Update: Durant has been listed as OUT for Saturday’s game against the Lakers. The team will be without eight players for the Christmas Day showcase.

The Brooklyn Nets announced on Friday that G James Harden will play on Christmas Day against the Los Angeles Lakers at 8 p.m. ET. The team cleared Harden from the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Thursday along with G Jevon Carter. We’re still awaiting word on the status of Kevin Durant, who remains in health and safety protocols as of Friday morning. KD has a shot to return for the game but will need to register negative tests within the next 24 hours in order to clear. We go over the status of KD and Harden heading into Christmas Day.

Will Kevin Durant play on Christmas Day?

We already know Harden is back. The Nets are starting to clear players, so it looks like there’s a chance we get some type of update on Christmas Eve as opposed to Saturday, which may be too late for KD to return. Even so, the Nets appear to have most of their players back from protocols heading into the game. Let’s take a look at their full roster.

James Harden
Patty Mills
Jevon Carter
DeAndre’ Bembry
Blake Griffin
Paul Millsap
Nic Claxton
Shaq Harrison
Wenyen Gabriel
James Ennis
Langston Galloway