Originally Posted by KevB
People were interested in seeing Harden with a full complement of minutes, and with the keys turned over to him full time. Um, I'd say he's validated the "one of the best 20 players in the league" statement some have made. Funny thing is, watching the game.....dude didn't even know the plays. They were telling him where to go on out of bounds plays. Otherwise, it was just free flowing pick and roll. Either he initiated or Lin initiated and they played off each other. If I'm a Houston fan, I'm ecstatic that I now have this team to watch every game. Damn fun team.
As I've said many times, Harden is an incredible natural talent and he has a very high BBIQ. His vision on the court is superb. Offensively, there shouldn't have been any question that he would excel with a new team. The question for him will be whether he can maintain this kind of effort over a full season (he often didn't in college when he was a #1, he got bored and lazy at that level at times). I doubt today's game will be a one-time thing or anything, but I certainly do think he was trying to prove a point and was more focused because of it.