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James Harden downplays worrying trend since joining Nets

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Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden is not concerned with his recent tendency of starting games slowly.

Harden said he is still adjusting to a new roster and new star teammates in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving following Wednesday night’s double-overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 31-year-old preached stoicism as he continues his Nets journey:

“Trying to get a feel for this entire situation,” Harden said, via Alex Schiffer of The Athletic. “It’ll come to me. I’m not worried. I’m not in a rush. I’m very, very patient, and things will come. That’s all it is is patience. Patience, communication, and figuring things out, which we will.”

Harden has made a career out of asserting his will on the offensive end right from the opening tip. But he has had a tough time getting in rhythm at the start of games since coming to Brooklyn.

“The Beard” had just two points at the end of the first quarter in each of his first two games with the Nets. He was then held scoreless in the first quarter on Wednesday. Schiffer noted there have been times where Harden’s desire to be unselfish has cost him easy scoring opportunities.

As Harden stated, it is still very early in this new-look Nets experiment. His slow starts did not inhibit the Nets from winning their first two games with him on the floor, though Wednesday’s contest ended less fortuitously.

There will be bumps in the road. But Harden suggested he is embracing the journey and taking things one day at a time.