As the Brooklyn Nets were set to battle the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night, the basketball world got some pretty big news: James Harden had aggravated his hamstring injury and would be out indefinitely. Even more worrisome was what Steve Nash had to say about the injury to the media.
“We’ll rehabilitate him and get him back whenever we can. Who knows when that will be,” said Nash. “But we’ll support James and support our performance team in getting him back in best condition as possible. Hopefully that comes sooner rather than later, but there’s no guarantee.”
Brooklyn’s Big 3 of Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have played a grand total of seven games together this season. This team is immensely talented, but should we really just expect them to be able to put it together when they finally come together, if they ever do? We saw what injuries and lack of continuity did to the Los Angeles Clippers a season ago, and that does not bode well for the Nets.
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The Main Event
Atlanta Hawks* at New York Knicks* (-2, 218)
This is a massive game for both teams. New York has won seven straight and is 9-0 ATS in its last nine games. The Knicks have cleaned up the month of April, leading the league in net rating (+ 8.9), but two teams have better records this month and one of them is coming to visit. Atlanta is 9-2 SU in its 11 games this month with a + 6.6 net rating and one of the best offenses in the league (116.3). These two teams meet in a game that could decide who gets home-court advantage in their potential postseason series.