Steve Nash’s first year in charge of the Brooklyn Nets has certainly had its ups and downs.
While the Nets remain second in the Eastern Conference with a 38-19 record, the team has also dealt with injuries to their key players throughout the season. All-Star forward Kevin Durant, for instance, left in the first quarter of their game against the Miami Heat on Sunday with a left thigh contusion and did not return.
In fact, only one of Nash’s players has played in all 57 of the Nets’ games this season: Joe Harris. Following Brooklyn’s 109-107 loss to the Heat, the Brooklyn head coach praised his starting forward for being a “warrior” for the team.
“He’s been over-reliable,” Steve Nash said, per ESPN. “I’d like him to miss a few years. It’s not healthy for him to play so many games, I don’t think. He plays so hard as well. He is a warrior that just wants to play every night and when I even bring up rest, he’s not into it at all.”
On Sunday, Harris finished with 12 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal while making five of 12 shots in 33 minutes against Miami.
Throughout the season, Brooklyn has dealt with injuries to their All-Stars in Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden. But Harris–who is averaging 14.3 points 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 48.4 percent from beyond the arc this season–has remained durable for the Nets.
In a season with a lot of changes due to injuries, having Harris as a constant in the team’s lineup has been important for Nash and his teammates. And with a month left in the regular season and his team still plagued with injuries, Harris’ steadying presence will be needed for the Nets again.