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Nash: James Harden needs to string together consecutive ‘high-intensity loads’ before return

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Steve Nash didn’t provide many specifics about James Harden — other than that he’s out — but said the performance staff has told him that James Harden is doing well and is progressing at a good rate. The Nets superstar has been on the court and has a “little gap” to make up.

“He is on the court. He’s doing some shooting, some movement, and is progressing in the right direction, but I don’t know exactly what he’s capable of doing right now. He’s still in that area he’s got a little gap to make up, but he is getting closer so it’s been positive,” said Nash on Harden’s progress.

When asked what bench marker Harden will need to check off in order to return to the hardwood, Nash said it’s identical to the final steps at the end of the regular season — an injury that cost him 18 straight games and 20 of 21 contests.

“It’s a certain amount of continual high-intensity loads. When he’s able to go up to full speed and do it two or three days without recurrence or set back, then I think that’s kind of the markers,” Nash said.

As expected, Jeff Green is available Sunday.