A day later, James Harden relented.
After lobbying the Nets to permit him to play Friday in opposition to the Hawks, the famous person guard will relaxation Sunday in opposition to the Pistons, the workforce introduced Saturday.
Harden, recognized for not often sitting when wholesome, had logged main minutes within the first three video games of a four-game highway journey, enjoying 41:35 on Tuesday in opposition to the Mavericks, 39:19 on Wednesday in his return to Houston and 40:31 on Friday in Atlanta. The Nets rested Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge on Wednesday.
When requested why he pushed to play in opposition to the Hawks, Harden mentioned, “I need to win, man. I don’t care about nothing else however profitable.”
Earlier than the sport, coach Steve Nash mentioned Harden mainly pressured his manner into the lineup, however he was involved concerning the toll of Harden enjoying such massive minutes on the age of 32. He’s averaging 36.2 minutes per sport. Sunday would be the first contest he misses this season.
The Nets additionally mentioned ahead Paul Millsap will miss Sunday’s sport as a result of private causes.