Devin Harris Is Hurting, But Still Determined To Carry The Nets

Christopher Chavez@@Chris_J_ChavezAnalyst IIOctober 15, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 25:  Head coach Lawrence Frank and Devin Harris #34 of the New Jersey Nets confer during the game with the Los Angeles Lakers on November 25, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 120-93.   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 the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

New Jersey Nets point guard Devin Harris is no stranger to small injuries. But when does having multiple small injuries start to worry the Nets?

Harris says that he isn't concerned about how fragile his body has shown to be. But if something does sideline Harris for an indefinite period of time, the Nets have the right guys to step up just in case. Within a little less than three weeks into the preseason, Harris has already suffered from three injuries. 

Harris was not a part of the Nets practice yesterday in New Jersey after suffering from a strained groin. This injury will keep him out of the game against the Knicks tomorrow night.

During this year's preseason, the Nets' leading scorer also had to lose some playing time because of injuries on both ankles. Even though these two injuries have not been severe, the Nets' staff has to keep an eye on them so that they don't become severe.

Nets coach Lawrence Frank said that he will keep his fingers crossed that Harris' injuries don't get worse. Nets fans will also have their fingers crossed, because with or without their leading scorer, they acknowledge that it will be hard to post a winning record after trading Vince Carter this offseason.

Harris averaged 21.3 points per game. It was a career high for him, and a big step moving forward in his career as he now has to carry the Nets.

Devin Harris has tried not to make his injuries sound as severe as they are for that reason. He understands the fact that he has to step up as a leader among his teammates and help them win games.

During Tuesday night's game against the Boston Celtics, he felt discomfort in his groin and left the game. Harris said that practice games are important to get a team ready for the regular season, but he chose to miss the rest of that game and possibly the Knicks game as a precaution. 

The official start of the Nets season isn't until Oct. 28 in Minnesota. It seems like a wise decision by Harris to get ready and miss a few games before the official tip-off of the regular season. The projected return to practice for Harris might be as early as this weekend. He has not shown signs of injury as he walked around practice.

One thing that is official is that Harris will play against the Knicks next Wednesday, and all eyes hill be on him.