When the Brooklyn Trio finally got took to the court together, fans wondered who will take the “third wheel role” and after a couple of games, it was evident in their game that it was James Harden who will be taking that role as he’s been taking less shots than usual and has been focused on being the playmaker of the team.
As the team’s point guard, and not the first scoring option, Harden has continued proving that he’s just as dangerous even when playing as the primary facilitator.
As of the time of writing, the Nets have won nine out of their last 10 games, all of them saw the 2018 league MVP put up crucial performances.
In their last 10 games, Kevin Durant, has missed nine due to a hamstring injury. The last time he played was in February 13, when they defeated Golden State.
Since then, the 2014 MVP hasn’t played a single game. He has now missed eight consecutive contests but despite his absence, Brooklyn have won seven of those eight games and are now second in East with a 23-13 record behind Philadelphia that has 23-12 record.
And the big reason as to why they don’t miss Durant is because of Harden.
This season, the 11-year veteran guard has been averaging 25.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and a career-high 11.0 assists per game.
Since Durant’s absence, Harden has been putting up big numbers with his 29.3 points, 10.6 assists and 9.6 rebounds while shooting 49.7% from the field.
In their most recent win, ‘The Beard’ erupted for 30 points, 14 rebounds, 15 assists, and two steals on 52.2% shooting from the field.
Harden has been playing like an MVP this season despite averaging only 16.7 shot attempts per game this season – his lowest since his second year in Houston.
Kyrie Irving had this to say after Harden’s jaw-dropping triple-double game.
Kyrie Irving on James Harden’s 7th triple double: “It’s time to implement the phrase ‘get used to it.’”— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) March 2, 2021
Brooklyn will now head to Houston, which means Harden will be making his return to the Toyota Center for the first time since the trade earlier this season.
While Harden has shown that he still loves the city of Houston, especially through his efforts to provide aid to the city during the Texas cold snap, you can expect him not to show any mercy to the Rockets.
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