Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic first reported the expected return was dependent on no setbacks during pregame warm-ups. ESPN's Malika Andrews then reported Harden was available, with the Nets revealing he is back:
The Arizona State product is one of the best players of his generation and has a league MVP, three scoring titles, an assist title, seven All-NBA selections and nine All-Star Game selections on his resume.
He is averaging 25.4 points, 11 assists and 8.7 rebounds per game on the Nets since they acquired him from the Houston Rockets via trade earlier this season.
Still, the Nets are far more dangerous as championship contenders when Harden is on the floor and playing alongside Durant and Irving.