Brooklyn Nets stat guard James Harden says he would to be scoring 30 or 4" points per game like he used to do but he admits that's not possible right now. Harden spent the offseason rehabbing a hamstring injury and the lack of preparation for the season is showing as Harden is having a slow start to the season.
Harden's slow start to the season continued on Wednesday when he scored just 14 points in a 106-93 loss to the Miami Heat. "Just getting more confident, being aggressive," Harden said after shooting 4-for-12.
"And it's getting better every single game. As much as I want to get back to just, you know, [scoring] 30's and 40 points, I can't do that [right now]. As much as I want to, obviously I would love to. "I had no opportunities to play pickup or nothing this summer.
Everything was rehab for three months, from a Grade 2 injury that happened three times in one season. So this is my fifth game of trying to just play with competition against somebody else. And as much as I want to rush the process and be back to hooping and killing, [have to] take your time."
With Kyrie Irving out, lots of responsibility falls on Harden
"I know what you want me to say. ... Yeah, we do miss Kyrie," said Kevin Durant, adding that he likes the effort and defense he is seeing from the Nets.
"We do. He's a part of our team. "But for the most part, we've been generating great shots, we've been getting into the paint. It's just a matter of us knocking them down. I think they'll come."
Harden admitted that dealing with a hamstring injury was draining but he added that he feels blessed that throughout his career he has avoided major injuries. "My career, I've been blessed," Harden said. "Just not having surgeries or whatnot.
So just this whole process last year was just like frustrating and draining. ... It was draining for me to know that I couldn't be myself and be out there on the floor and be the player that I am [at the end of last season].
"But I'm finally slowly getting back to it. It just takes a lot of hard work and dedication. But it's gonna happen. But you got to just continue to keep fighting, and I will."