The most anticipated debut of the last year finally happened last night as James Harden laced it up for the Brooklyn Nets last night against the Orlando Magic. Personally, I will go as far to say it was as advertised, and that is simply because James Harden has put up these type of games for years now. Sure, it was the Orlando Magic but it does not make what he did any less impressive.
Prior to the game we knew we were in for a treat. Harden was no longer looking like the Pillsbury Free Throw Boy and from the time he walked into the Barclay’s center had a little extra pep in his step.
Harden and KD looked like they had been playing together for years, and it showed. Both players putting up numbers that would be considered their best game of the season, while for them it’s just another day at the office.
As for the rest of the team, they’re all good enough to lead this team to a title. Joe Harris is one of the best shooters in the NBA, Jeff Green and Deandre Jordan looked solid, Bruce Brown has continued to be an underrated piece and a bright spot for this Brooklyn Nets team, and once they get Kyrie back watch out. And I don’t want to hear there is only one ball ever again. They will figure it out. Harden is a playmaker first and foremost and it showed last night. KD has proven he could play with other stars, and Kyrie as well even if off the court it doesn’t always seem like it. Throw in a couple of veterans that will come over via trade or the buy out market post trade deadline and this team is the best in the NBA on offense.
While it was biscuits and gravy on offense, the defense… well.. it’s a work in progress.
And I really don’t think it’s any cause for concern because this team could put up 130 on a nightly basis. They will just have to make sure they only give up 129. In the meantime, please keep doubting, because whether you like it or not the Brooklyn Nets are for real and will be hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy this summer.
Barclay’s faithful take it away…