ecuhus1981 wrote:sashaturiaf wrote:LMA boxing out and contesting shots has been a breath of fresh air. Offense also looks refreshed with no Harden ball.
To be fair, Harden himself prefers not to go "Harden ball." He did it out of necessity, and we wouldn't have won as much as we have over the last month without it. Now that we're getting healthier, I think he'll return to the lower-usage, quick-passing, efficient-shooting superstar we saw when he first arrived.
Agree. Harden is a high IQ player and nobody is more hungry for a title than he is. He can and will adapt to anything that works.
But It was pretty clear to me the team was getting used to that style of play and the ball was sticking rather than moving, with the resulting downsides from that. This was happening even when Kyrie was in the lineup. Due to necessity I think Harden reverted to old habits and it's hard to break when he's carrying the whole team and the team's still winning.
The injury to Harden is a blessing in disguise since it's allows us to ween the guys off that style of play, to me that 4th quarter of the Rockets game and the Hornets game is easily the best the team has looked in a month. High energy and flowing on both ends of the floor.