Nets stars rave about one another following win over Clippers
The Brooklyn Nets notched a big win over the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday night at Barclays Center, edging the Western Conference powerhouse by a score of 124-20.
The statement victory, perhaps unsurprisingly, left the Nets’ new Big Three feeling pretty good about how things are playing out in the wake of the James Harden acquisition.
With seven wins in the past 10 games, any notion that chemistry issues could plague the Nets with Harden playing alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant has been somewhat squelched, at least temporarily.
Following the Nets’ victory Tuesday, the good vibes were flowing among the Nets’ three superstars. Harden got things rolling on Twitter with a two-word summation of the win.
Scary Hours! pic.twitter.com/l8qboxjVDX— James Harden (@JHarden13) February 3, 2021
For opposing teams confronted with the impossible task of containing Harden, Irving and Durant on the court at the same time? “Scary Hours,” indeed.
Irving also raved about playing with KD and Harden after putting up a season-high 39 points in Tuesday’s win.
Kyrie Irving on Kevin Durant and James Harden: “They’re that great. It’s pretty easy to kind of sit there and be a fan of those guys. I’ve looked up to them for so long. Now to be teammates with them, sometimes you can get caught watching. It’s okay. It’s greatness right there.” pic.twitter.com/KHQL0BtilT— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) February 3, 2021
Much was made of how Harden’s ball-dominant style of play would mesh with the similarly styled offensive approaches of Irving and Durant. Harden isn’t worried about whether he’s putting up big point totals every night.
James Harden said "Scoring isn't everything." Said he knew when he came to Brooklyn he wasn't going to be able to do what he did in Houston. Just wants to win.— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) February 3, 2021
Meanwhile, Durant’s postgame talking points were about what he views as the most underrated aspect of Harden’s game.
Kevin Durant on James Harden's defense: "He’s an all-around defender. If we ask him to guard somebody, he’s going to go out there and do his job. I think that’s the underrated part of his game."— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) February 3, 2021
Full quote below. pic.twitter.com/hFx2Ntx0tT
One of the prevailing, not to mention damning, storylines that has dogged Harden for his propensity for playing comically poor defense throughout his career. In fact, an 11-and-a-half-minute-long video was once produced documenting Harden’s frequently atrocious defensive shortcomings.
For Durant to praise his teammate’s defensive prowess certainly speaks well of the situation in Brooklyn.
In the wake of the blockbuster trade that brought in the one-time MVP, there was some skepticism about whether pairing the enigmatic Harden with the mercurial personalities of Irving and Durant would pan out. Chemistry was the operative buzzword in that regard.
In fact, some suggested, subtly or otherwise, that there was a distinct possibility that the Harden experiment could blow up in the Nets organization’s face. However, things are clearly going well at this point.
If the Nets do indeed thrive this season with their three-headed offensive monster and hold any potential chemistry issues at bay, the rest of the NBA will surely continue to take notice as Brooklyn surges into becoming NBA Finals front-runners.