WASHINGTON – Joe Harris was invited to NBA All-Star later this month to defend his 3-point crown. But the cute attacker still hasn't decided whether to go or use the time to rest and recharge.
Harris led the league in 3-point shooting last season with 47.4 percent and on February 16 in Charlotte won the 3-point competition with 26 points against Steph Curry.
But Harris came into play in Washington on Saturday and, by its standards, only reached 39.9 percent from deep and only 31.5 percent from January. The nets quietly acknowledge that fatigue is part of it, and Harris had a particularly hard summer.
Harris left his suffering behind for at least one night and scored 22 points in 8-of-16 shooting, including 6-of-11 from deep in a 113-107 loss to the Wizards. This is his best game since December 17th and his season high for 3-point races on December 6th in Charlotte, the location of his 3-point competition win last season's All-Star weekend.
In the previous season, he had not only traveled to China with the Nets, but had already traveled halfway around the world with Team USA for FIBA and had also traveled to Africa for charity. Harris' decision to travel to Chicago in two weeks largely depends on how his body feels.
Kevin Durant's rehab is going smoothly after all that needs to be reported. And the coach who knows him best – much longer than Kenny Atkinson or even Steve Kerr – called him the winner and predicted that the nets will be "a handful" once he finally recovers from Achilles tendon surgery.
"Kevin is the best, man," said Wizards coach Scott Brooks. "This guy is one of the hardest working people I've ever seen as a player, assistant coach or head coach. It's easy to describe him in one word: he's a winner. He plays with the right spirit, he plays hard . "
Brooks trained Durant as an assistant in Seattle and seven years as a head coach in Oklahoma City before Durant left for the Golden State. During this time, Durant developed into an unstoppable offensive, which he is convinced that neither defenders nor defenders can stop.
"He's an impossible guard. I mean, impossible," said Brooks. "You can't plan it. I've seen everything in the eight years I've been with him as a coach. I've seen it all and there are many nights when he would have 40 and he could average to mid to high 30s if he wanted to.
"But he is a complete basketball player. He wants to do the right thing and fill out the registration form. He wants to ricochet off, he wants to ward off shots, he wants to guard one to four, and now I'm sure he can guard one to five. He is a winning basketball player and they'll be a handful when he comes back. "