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Report: Durant ‘closing in on return’ for Nets; Harden out tonight, day-to-day with hamstring

Brooklyn Nets v Golden State Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 13: James Harden #13 and Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets look on during the game against the Golden State Warriors on February 13, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Brooklyn has the best record in the East — and it is about to get healthy.

Just not tonight against Charlotte, where both Kevin Durant and James Harden are both out for the Nets with hamstring issues.

However, the All-Star duo may be back on the court soon for the Nets.

There is still no official timeline for Kevin Durant’s return from a hamstring strain that has sidelined him for 20 games, but Shams Charania of The Athletic reports he is “closing in on a return to the floor.” Charania also said that he heard James Harden will be day-to-day with his hamstring issue and is not expected to miss significant time.

The Nets had only a handful of games with Kyrie Irving, Durant, and Harden healthy and playing together — and obviously none with those three, plus Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge in the rotation. The concern for Brooklyn and coach Steve Nash is making sure these players get some time on the court together to build chemistry before the playoffs start. The Nets don’t want to enter the playoffs thinking they can just roll everyone out there and flip the switch (look at last season’s Clippers team).