Nets star James Harden’s message after statement win vs. Celtics should scare the rest of the league
The Brooklyn Nets won their fourth straight game on Wednesday following a 123-104 blowout win over the Boston Celtics. After the victory, James Harden gave his honest assessment of where he believes the Nets are right now in the context of their long-term objectives this season.
The Nets superstar knows full well that his team is still a work in progress. They are anything but perfect at this point, but right now, Harden believes that they are making significant progress:
“We knew it was gonna take some time and it’s still a process, but I feel like we in the right direction, as far as just communication defensively, being on the same page. Offensively, knowing some sets that we can get into with different lineups out there, and then executing,” Harden said, via YES Network on Twitter. “That’s pretty much what we’ve been working on, and what’s been happening in these last few games.”
On Wednesday, Harden put up 20 points, seven rebounds, and 11 assists in 36 minutes of action. Brooklyn dominated a struggling Celtics side for pretty much the entire game as Harden, Durant, and the rest of the Nets flexed their collective muscles over their Eastern Conference foes.
Brooklyn’s relatively slow start to the season now feels like a distant memory. The Nets have lost just two out of their 12 games in November and now hold a 14-5 record. Harden and Co. now have a firm grip atop the Eastern Conference with the second-placed Miami Heat sitting two games behind them.
Harden also acknowledged that they still need to put a lot of work in from here on out. However, the fact that the Nets are quickly finding their form should be a scary thought for the rest of the NBA:
“We’ve got a long way to go. Long way to go,” Harden added. “But we’re definitely in the right direction, and it feels good.”
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) November 25, 2021
You have to remember that the Nets are doing all this without Kyrie Irving. The controversial star remains in exile amid New York City’s vaccine mandates. As Harden mentioned in his interview above, their team is also dealing with a handful of injuries right now on top of Irving’s absence.
We can all only imagine how this team will look at full strength. Scary hours indeed.