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Harden out at least 10 days; KD likely vs. Pels

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NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden will miss at least 10 days with a right hamstring strain, but teammate Kevin Durant is probable to return Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans, the team announced Tuesday.

Harden played just four minutes before he was ruled out of Monday’s 114-112 win over New York. He had missed the two previous games.

One of the frontrunners for league MVP, Harden is averaging 25.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 10.9 assists for the Nets.

Durant, meanwhile has missed the last 23 games after suffering a right hamstring strain on Feb. 13. He has only played seven games alongside Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Since then, the Nets have added Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge to their roster.

Initially, Durant had been ruled out for just two games, but subsequent imaging revealed a more severe strain. Last week, Durant said that he had been sidelined much longer than he had expected.

He had moved to the “day-to-day” phase of his hamstring rehabilitation, even working out on the Barclays Center court ahead of the Nets game against the Knicks on Monday.

Durant has played in just 19 of the Nets’ 51 games this season. He was placed in the league’s health and safety procedures twice after coming into to contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus, missing a total of two weeks.

He is averaging 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game this season.

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