Update, Nov. 21 - Harris has been ruled out for at least two additional games, meaning he’ll miss Monday’s contest against the Cavaliers.
Update, Nov. 16 - Harris, who has already been ruled out Tuesday, is expected to miss multiple games due to his ankle injury. This is a tough blow for the Nets offensively, as Harris was a great perimeter shooter who could take some of the scoring burden off Kevin Durant and James Harden.
Update, Nov. 15 — Harris has already been ruled out for Tuesday’s big matchup vs. the Golden State Warriors at Barclays Center. Harris was injured in Sunday’s win over the Thunder. We don’t know the severity of the ankle injury but the fact Harris is sidelined a day in advance can’t be good. Plus, it’s a pretty big spot in a potential NBA Finals preview with Nets-Dubs.
Harris has started all 14 games this season for the Nets, who are 10-4 and in second place in the Eastern Conference. The Nets could try and get a size advantage against the Warriors, opting to start LaMarcus Aldridge at the 5 and shift Kevin Durant to the 3 in the starting lineup along with James Harden, Blake Griffin and Bruce Brown. Chances are we’ll see more lineups featuring Patty Mills with Harden in the backcourt, Brown at SF with KD and LMA or Griffin.
The shooting guard has been instrumental in Brooklyn’s recent winning streak, taking on a bigger role with Kyrie Irving still sidelined due to his vaccination status. Harris is a vital floor spacer for this team, and a long-term absence would be problematic for Brooklyn. Expect Cameron Thomas and Patty Mills to get more minutes at the shooting guard spot for the rest of Sunday’s game and potentially in games going forward.
The Nets lead the Thunder 61-48 at halftime. Harris has three points, three rebounds and one assist on 1-2 shooting in 14 minutes of action. He was averaging 11.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game entering Sunday’s contest, but his best attribute was his 46.5 percent shooting clip from behind the three-point line.