Nets To Get Key Player Back In Lineup

The Brooklyn Nets are still licking their wounds after an opening night drubbing at the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans. But they get a jolt of good news heading into their second game of the season Friday night, as sharpshooting forward Joe Harris has announced that he will be returning for the first time since early last season.

“I am gonna play tonight. I'm excited," said Harris. He explained that he just needed a couple of extra days to ensure his twice-surgically repaired foot was ready. "I wanted to try and play in the first game but just wasn't quite where I was supposed to be. I needed like you know just a little bit more time but I feel good right now and I'm excited to play tonight.” 

Harris admitted earlier this week that he expects to be “at a little bit of a limited capacity” when he returns, but he's confident it's time to get at it. The Nets are celebrating his return with a fan giveaway of a t-shirt with his likeness. 

The lifetime 44% three-point gunner missed 68 games last season due to two ankle surgeries and numerous setbacks. His return offers a key floor-spacer to help open things up for the likes of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. 

The Nets are hoping that another 3-point bomber, Seth Curry is not far behind. He underwent ankle surgery himself during the offseason and is close to a full return. 

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