Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving revealed that he and James Harden had a conversation earlier in the week and that it was clarified thar he would play at the shooting guard position, while Harden would play at the point guard.
On Saturday night in Bay Arena, the Nets demolished the Golden State Warriors 134-117 to improve to 16-12 on the season. Harden was near a triple-double as he posted 19 points, eight rebounds and 16 assists in a win against the Warriors.
Meanwhile, Irving scored 23 points and had only four assists. "We established that maybe four days ago now," Irving said after the Nets' win, as revealed on ESPN. "I just looked at him, and I said, 'You're the point guard, and I'm going to play shooting guard.'
That was as simple as that."
rving described the conversation as concise and matter-of-fact.
"It's not a mystical conversation that we had," Irving said. Harden, who requested a trade from the Houston Rockets in the offseason, was traded to the Nets last month.
After requesting a trade from Houston, Harden mentioned the Nets as his most preferable landing spot. "He's been taking control of the responsibilities and doing an incredible job," Irving said. "It just makes my job easier to just go out and play free and just make plays."
Harden is happy with the way how everything has gone so far. "I came to this team knowing that they have two special scorers on this team," Harden said. "Obviously, I score when I need to, but as long as I'm getting everybody involved and Ky (Irving) is getting the shots that he wants, KD is getting the shots that he wants, it's pretty efficient.
Offensively is not the problem for us, we can score in bunches; it's defensively. It seems like we're getting a rhythm as of late. We just got to keep it up." Meanwhile, the Warriors showed a tribute video for Nets' Kevin Durant.
"Tribute video was cool. I think about those moments daily," Durant said. "Every single moment that I have had in this league, I think about it and try to analyze it and get better. My time here in Golden State was so much fun.
It was such a big learning experience, especially learning basketball in a different philosophy. I'm gonna take that with me for the rest of my life."