Brooklyn Nets superstar James Harden didn’t show any signs of rust in his return from hamstring injury, as he tallied a solid 18 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. After the contest, Harden also showed he has never lost his confidence.
Speaking to reporters about his return from an 18-game absence, Harden highlighted his dedication to the sport as the reason for his smooth comeback. Not to mention that he emphasized he’s really good at basketball in a bit of a humble brag.
"Not to, like, brag or anything, but I’m really good at this game. I study the game, I'm very unselfish. I take the game play it the right way every single night."
– James Harden after putting up 18 points & 11 assists in his first game since April 5th.pic.twitter.com/OTWFnuU4en
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 13, 2021
No lies detected, though. It’s also a solid flex on James Harden’s part after he helped lead the Nets to a 128-116 victory over the Spurs.
Returning from a long injury recovery is never an easy feat, and making an impact right in the first game is even more amazing given that it often involves minutes restriction. That is exactly what Harden did in his 25 minutes of game action on Wednesday.
Harden’s latest performance for the Nets is one proof why he is largely considered as one of the best players in the NBA today. From a crafty and efficient Sixth Man with the Oklahoma City Thunder to an MVP winner with the Houston Rockets, the All-Star guard has shown time and time again how he can play any role given to him.
The Nets will need Harden to be at his best if they want to win the 2021 NBA title, and with how things are looking, they won’t need to worry about it that much. The Beard is more than ready and brimming with confidence.