James Harden (left thigh contusion) is out tonight against Washington, the Nets say.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) January 31, 2021
Sunday’s contest between the Nets and Wizards marks a reunion for a number of former Oklahoma City Thunder star faces.
Wizards head coach Scott Brooks guided the Thunder from 2008 to 2015. He coached Harden, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City.
They all reached the 2012 NBA Finals together, where the the Thunder battled the Miami Heat. However, they lost in fives games to LeBron James and the Heat in the title series.
Now, Harden and Durant are paired on the Nets while Westbrook and Brooks are together in Washington.
The Nets are the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference this season. On the other hand, the Wizards have the worst record in the NBA at 3-12.