Harden Glad Thunder Matchup ‘Over With’
(James) Harden’s first game against the Thunder was his worst game with the Rockets. Though he maintained before the game that he would simply play, neither using nor ignoring the emotions of the occasion, he seemed clearly ill at ease, which would be more encouraging than to think the Thunder defenders had a book on him so complete that they shut him down.
Harden was generally welcomed back. He was greeted with loud cheers in introductions and hugs from former teammates before and after the game.
He did not agree with (assistant coach Kelvin) Sampson’s belief that he was pressing, though he said several times “it was good to finally get it over with.
“Now, I can continue on with the season.”