The return of Harden comes at a critical time for the Nets, who have lost three straight games. Brooklyn is counting on Harden to provide offensive stability over the next few weeks as the team attempts to overcome Kyrie Irving's COVID-19 limitations and Kevin Durant's knee injury.
Durant is expected to miss multiple weeks due to a sprained MCL in his left knee. The Nets have posted a 2-6 record since Durant's Jan. 15 knee injury.
Meanwhile, Nash said Irving needs additional time on the Nets' upcoming five-game road trip to build up his rhythm after not playing NBA basketball for nearly three months.
Irving, who isn't vaccinated against COVID-19, is unable to play in home games at Barclays Center due to a New York City vaccination mandate.
"He's still trying to find his game," Nash said. "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. He's right there, and he has patches, but he needs the time. ... He needs reps.
"And games are reps for him right now. So, it's great for him individually. And as a group, it's great to get more comfortable with him, to spend more time with him. To get him reincorporated with the things we're doing and try to move this thing forward."