Nets' Steve Nash discusses Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving's return to playing together

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Nets James Harden Kevin Durant defense 5/15
Nets James Harden Kevin Durant defense 5/15

The Nets beat the Chicago Bulls 105-91 on Saturday afternoon, as Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and James Harden played together for the just the eighth time this season.

Despite the victory, the trio had a forgettable performance. Irving led the Nets with 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting in 30 minutes of action, while Durant had just 12 points on 4-of-17 shooting, and Harden shot the ball only four times and scored five points in 25 minutes.

"Yeah like I said I think before the game, it's just time," Nash said. "It's not like 'what do I expect?' They just gotta be out there and feel each other, play together, and hopefully that little bit of time today will help move that process forward more quickly than not having that time today. Wasn't a great game, we weren't very sharp, but we got the job done and we move on to tomorrow, one last game. And we can hopefully have a good performance and be ready for the nice week of practice."

The Nets are currently the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with one game left to play in the regular season. The Milwaukee Bucks are 1.5 games behind the Nets and play on Saturday night against the Miami Heat. If the Bucks lose, the Nets clinch the No. 2 seed.

Nash mentioned that the Nets aren't opposed to playing Irving, Durant, and Harden against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, but it will depend how they're feeling in the morning and the Bucks-Heat result.

"Yeah we'll consider it," Nash said. "It just a matter of how they come through, how do they feel in the morning and are they available. But if we need that win tomorrow, we're not adverse to those guys playing again tomorrow as well."

After the game, Durant talked about being on the same page with everybody on the court after all they've been through this season with injuries and missing games.

"It's been a long season full of ups and down when it comes to lineups, and having all our guys on the same page," Durant said. "It's good to get everybody healthy, it's good to get some minutes with everybody. We gonna keep building from here."

Durant acknowledged his tough shooting night against the Bulls, but still thought the team played well after adjusting to the game.

May 15, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) goes up for a shot against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
May 15, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) goes up for a shot against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

"To be honest man, I think the timing of the game, just the significance of the game probably can be a factor into I guess rust," Durant said. "They started off the game hot, we came down and held them to 34 percent shooting after that. We were all on the same page offensively and defensively. And offensively we missed some looks, especially me. But for the most part we moved the basketball, no turnovers. I feel like we were in rhythm, but if we we had made some shots -- well, If I had made some shots tonight, it would've looked a lot better overall, but I think we're in a solid groove."

Harden spoke about how important the role players are to this team, as eight different guys came off the bench to contribute towards the win on Saturday.

"They're the pieces," Harden said. "I met with the guys, I forget what city it was in, maybe about a week ago. Obviously we know that myself, and Kevin, and Kai are gonna do what we do at a high level. But I wanted those guys to know that they're very, very important for this run we're about to go on. Each individual guy. It can be a different game that they win. Whether it's a rebound, whether it's a shot, whether it's a defensive play, whether it's a box out, whatever it is. They're very, very valuable to this team. We all have to do it together. I'll do my part and try to make their job easier offensively. But we all have to do our parts defensively, and on the same page and detail little things. It's been going great since then."