Joe Harris’ ankle restoration ‘trickier’ than Nets thought

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CHICAGO — Joe Harris nonetheless isn’t practising, and his restoration from ankle surgical procedure has taken longer and been extra complicated than the Nets anticipated.

“Yeah I think it’s been trickier than we thought,” coach Steve Nash admitted Wednesday earlier than the Nets confronted the Bulls. “But if we know one thing about Joe, he’s going to do everything possible and be back as soon as he possibly can.”

James Harden (left knee hyperextension), Kyrie Irving (left ankle sprain) and Nic Claxton (left hamstring tightness) additionally have been all questionable for the sport Wednesday. But these are short-term points, whereas Harris’ long-term absence is getting extra regarding by the week.

Harris hasn’t performed since a Nov. 14 win at Oklahoma City by which he harm his ankle. He finally had surgical procedure on Nov. 29. The preliminary timeframe for his return was 4 to eight weeks, however proper now he’s not even cleared to apply.

“Yeah so I think he’s … he’s not full [ramp-up mode],” Nash stated. “He’s not fully cleared to do everything yet. He’s got to get back to that, and he’s got to get his high-intensity stuff in. So, he’s not there yet.”

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LaMarcus Aldridge (proper foot soreness) was additionally out for the Nets. … Undrafted rookie David Duke Jr. had began the Nets’ earlier 4 video games.

“It’s been really good. I’ve been learning a lot. I’ve been developing in areas that I wouldn’t normally get if I was sitting out,” he stated. “The coaching staff has believed in me.”

Patty Mills has shot simply 9-for-40 total in his final 5 video games.

Fatigue has performed an element. He got here into Wednesday averaging 31.0 minutes, 6.2 extra per recreation than final season and 5.3 over his career-high from 2017-18.

“I think so,” Nash stated when requested if the workload has harm Mills’ capturing. “The guy plays so hard, he flies around out there, both ends of the floor. He’s played more minutes he’s ever played. … So his workload has probably been too high. But man, he’s so important to us, regardless of whether he’s making shots or not.”

When the Nets host Oklahoma City on Thursday, it’s going to mark Mills’ first house recreation towards Thunder rookie Josh Giddey, his Australian nationwide staff teammate.

“I’m very proud of Giddey’s development over the over the years,” Mills instructed The Post. “So I’m just really pleased with the opportunity that he’s had and he’s making the most of it.”

Both educated on the Australian Institute of Sport after they have been in highschool, and have been coached by Marty Clarke (Mills at St. Mary’s, Giddey at NBA Global Academy).

“He’s more than happy to help the next guy, whether it’s Giddey or whether it’s any other players here. We often ask him to talk to a young guy, give him some information over the phone or whatever, and he’ll always say yes,” Clarke instructed The Post by way of cellphone. “When he comes back to practice, he’ll bring a young guy into practice and help him out. So I’ve got no doubt he’s doing the same with Josh.”

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