James Harden, 32, is regarded as the best shooting guard in active duty in the NBA. It seems to be lounging with a shaggy beard, but the step-back three-point shot out of the defender is admirable. Based on these advantages, he was also selected as the best player (MVP) in the regular league in the 2017-2018 season, and is showing off his heyday skills such as becoming the top scorer for three consecutive seasons.
But ahead of the 2020~20201 season, Harden turned into a troublemaker. This is because he wanted to leave the Houston Rockets, which had played 8 seasons until the previous season. He has been smitten by the club in Houston, but this season, he began to shun his quarantine rules by attending a banned party. In the end, Houston traded Harden to the Brooklyn Nets on the 14th through a four-sided trade.
Harden’s move to Brooklyn was big news that will change the NBA game this season. This is because a strong’triangle squadron’ was established, including Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and Brooklyn emerged as a powerful champion at once.
Doing as expected, he showed his presence right from the first game of the transfer. Harden scored a’triple double’ with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists while playing 39 minutes and 47 seconds at the home game against Orlando Magic held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, USA on the 17th. Durant, who played on the same team with Harden again about nine years after the 2011-2012 season in the Oklahoma City Thunder days, greeted him with a welcoming greeting by driving 42 points, the most in one game this season. Thanks to the performance of the two players, Brooklyn beat Orlando 122-115 to win three consecutive wins.
Harden became the first Brooklyn club to achieve Treedle Double in his debut. In addition, Harden became the seventh player in the history of the NBA to score a triple double in the first game played for a new team. In the first half, he focused on helping his teammates rather than scoring, and he delivered 7 assists, although he had all 8 points until the second quarter. However, in the third quarter, Harden scored 24 points only in the second half, opening the door with a unique step-back three-point shot. However, nine turnovers were teeming with jade as if they were still short of breathing with their colleagues.
Most of all, it is encouraging that even though Irving didn’t play on the day, the Brooklyn, where Harden joined, was strong. Irving missed her sixth game for’personal reasons’. During this time, Irving attended a family party and was fined $50,000 by the NBA secretariat. It is expected that the first match for Brooklyn to use Irving, Harden, and Durant’s’triangle squadron’ will be the Milwaukee Bucks game on the 19th at the earliest.
Reporter Song Yong-jun
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