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James Harden ACTIVE for Wednesday’s game vs. Bulls

Nets say the guard has a knee hyperextension and is questionable.

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James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets shoots a free throw during the game against the San Antonio Spurs on January 9, 2022 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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The Brooklyn Nets have ruled James Harden out of Monday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers with a knee hyperextension. Harden had some injury issues his leg in the postseason, so this is something to monitor for the Nets.

James Harden injury updates

Jan. 12 update - Harden is available to play against the Bulls Wednesday despite his knee injury. He might get a rest day Thursday in Brooklyn’s back-to-back set.

Jan. 11 update - Harden is questionable for the team’s Wednesday contest against the Bulls. Kyrie Irving is also questionable with an ankle injury.

Jan. 10 update - Harden is out Monday, but he is expected to play Wednesday against the Bulls. That means this knee injury is not a long-term setback, which is great news for the Nets.

Harden is out Monday, but the Nets haven’t said he’s expected to miss multiple games yet. For now, he’s only out against Portland but might sit out one of the games in the upcoming back-to-back set Wednesday and Thursday for further rest.

Fantasy basketball impact

With Harden sidelined Monday, look for Kyrie Irving and Patty Mills to get some additional run. Cam Thomas might be a sneaky value play in DFS contests, although Irving is most likely to benefit from a volume standpoint with Harden out.

Betting impact

The Nets are still favored against the Trail Blazers per DraftKings Sportsbook, as Portland is without Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Harden’s injury shouldn’t move bettors off the Nets.