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NBA: Nets taking Irving for granted

Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash has been impressed by Kyrie Irving's strong form since his return to the team but he feels the guard can improve further.

The Nets, who are 3/1 to win the NBA Championship outright, will have two members of their big three available when they head to Golden State Warriors on Saturday as Irving and James Harden will be involved, but Kevin Durant will miss a seventh straight game with a knee injury.

The Nets can be backed at 21/10 in the Money Line and Golden State are 2/5. You can follow the action via our Sports Live Streaming service.

Harden available again

Harden returns from a one-game absence due to hamstring soreness, while Irving is available for road games.

Irving wasn't involved at all in the first half of the season as the Nets decided it would be detrimental to the team if he only played in away games. 

Brooklyn changed their stance as injuries started to mount, and Irving has now made seven appearances, averaging 23.4 points, 5.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds per-game.

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Nets hit the road

The trip to Golden State starts a five-game road trip for the Nets and this will be the longest period of consecutive games Irving will be available for since his return.

Nash feels Irving has essentially picked up where he left off despite his long spell away from the team but he is convinced there is still more to come from the seven-time All-Star.

"He's still adapting to his game coming back," Nash said after practice on Friday, via the New York Post. "We take for granted with him ... how much time he's off, and he comes back, and it looks like he's never left. But he's still trying to find his game. His level's so good that it's hard to tell. But we can tell; he can tell. He knows that he's not fully back yet."

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