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Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (personal) has picked up a questionable tag for Monday's contest versus the Bucks due to still needing to clear the league's health and safety protocols following his absence due to personal reasons. Without Irving in the mix Saturday, James Harden logged a triple-double in his Nets debut, while Kevin Durant went for 42 points -- both would figure to see similar roles should Irving remain out Monday. Brooklyn has not announced any disciplinary measures for Irving, who hasn't played since Jan. 5, but his minutes would figure to be eased along due to that lay-off. Check back prior to tip-off to get the final word on Irving's status.
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant had a big scoring performance in Saturday's win over Orlando, shooting 18-for-28 from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 at the line en route to a season-high 42 points. The four-time NBA scoring champ, who shot 5-for-8 from outside, completed his line with five assists, four rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. KD is back to his best and he even logged a season-high 40 minutes in the contest, so fantasy managers who had full faith in his health must be grinning right now. He has a chance to take down the Bucks next, before facing back-to-back games against the Cavaliers, who have started to struggle lately and who certainly don't have anybody to guard him.
Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden made his team debut on Saturday and he cooked up a triple-double with 32 points, 14 assists, and 12 rebounds in a 122-117 win over Orlando. He made three treys with 10 attempts, shot 8-for-18 overall from the field, and was very busy at the charity stripe with a 13-for-15 effort. The Beard also found time to pick up four steals and one block, but his line included nine turnovers as well. With all the trade drama behind him, we can expect Harden to start producing the numbers we have come accustomed to seeing in previous years. He will look to outplay two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo next in Monday's matchup vs. Milwaukee.
Brooklyn Nets point/shooting guard Tyler Johnson was not listed on the team's injury report for Saturday's contest versus Orlando, an indication that he has cleared the league's health and safety protocols. Johnson has played a minimal role off the bench when active this year, but he could be in line for extended minutes with Kyrie Irving (personal) unavailable. Johnson will carry sizable risk as a DFS commodity, but he has shown an ability to score and compile assists when given adequate playing time. Once the Nets get their full allotment of backcourt members back, Johnson is likely to hold little fantasy appeal.
Brooklyn Nets point/shooting guard James Harden has been deemed questionable to suit up Saturday against the Magic as the logistics of the blockbuster trade need to still be ironed out. After beginning the year averaging 37 points through his first three games, Harden has averaged just 17.4 through his last five outings. Should he suit up Saturday, he'd have the statistical advantage of Kyrie Irving (personal) remaining out of the mix, which would raise his floor in his first Brooklyn appearance. If Harden isn't cleared in time, expect Bruce Brown to retain his starting role and see considerable DFS upside. Check back prior to tip-off to get the final read on Harden's status.