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James Harden says he can feel the Nets building momentum

The Nets won three in a row ahead of their road matchup against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, and star point guard James Harden says he can feel the team building momentum.

They also beat the Warriors without DeAndre Jordan (personal family reasons) and defeated the Kings without Kevin Durant (hamstring).

Until the Nets are at full strength, a status that has evaded the team as a byproduct of both the league’s health and safety protocol and injuries, Harden said the success will be predicated on what Brooklyn can do on the defensive end.

Brooklyn waived center Norvel Pelle and signed former Thunder swingman Andre Roberson late Monday night.

The Nets now have three defensive-oriented wings, including Bruce Brown, who most recently has earned a nod as a small-ball starting center, and Iman Shumpert, the spark plug who has yet to play while recovering from a hamstring injury.

Nets head coach Steve Nash has frequently noted his team is not defensive by makeup, but that has changed with their recent signings.

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