Brooklyn’s Big Three was still a guy down Saturday, however Kevin Durant and debutant James Harden were currently dominant. When Kyrie Irving returns and the Nets get in sync, Harden cautioned that will be time for enemies to actually get terrified.
“Once we go through every scenario — and it’s only maybe four or five that teams can really do against us, and throughout the course of the year that’s going to happen — once we figure out, ‘OK they’re doing this tonight, this is how we attack it,’ or ‘they’re doing this tonight, this is how we attack it,’ once we get that it’s basically up to us,” Harden stated after the very first 30-point triple-double launching in NBA history.
“I’m so excited for Ky to get back. He’s a key piece to what we’re trying to do. The chemistry, the sooner we can build that, the sooner we can be on the court together, it’s going to be scary hours.”
Opposing scouts needed to be a minimum of tense by what they saw Saturday.
Amid concerns of how the Big Three can exist together, Durant and Harden torched Orlando for 74 points on simply 44 shots. The trio is balancing a combined 55.9 efforts this season, and will need to adapt to match each other’s radiance. But the change isn’t difficult, and may not even be hard.
Over the previous thirty years, The Post discovered 8 groups that won NBA champions with 3 gamers integrating to typical 50 shots. Michael Jordan’s 1993 Bulls blazed a trail with 52.9, followed carefully by Durant’s 2017 Warriors with 52.4.
Each of the Nets’ Big Three quiting a single shot puts them right in line with Jordan’s Bulls. Harden’s 14 helps — and the Nets being a plus-10 in 31 minutes with he and Durant together — bodes well.
“He played the same way he was playing in Houston: Handling the basketball, being a pass-first guard, trying to get his guys good looks. He played the same way,” Durant stated. “Coach [Steve Nash] put him at the point. I think his natural position, to be honest, is point, combo guard.”
Harden’s 9 turnovers were mostly described by not having a single practice and just a day to discover a couple of sets. But after balancing an NBA-high 11.2 helps 4 seasons earlier, he went into Sunday 2nd in help portion and 4th in overall helps regardless of having actually played simply 9 video games.
Who manages more playmaking task when Irving returns bears viewing, however the Nets’ shooting portion enhanced every quarter as Harden settled in, from 42.1 percent in the very first to 50.0 and 57.1 prior to a sizzling 66.7 in the 4th.
“It felt great,” Harden stated. “Even when I stepped foot into the structure it was open arms. Like I stated, anything I require, they’re there for me.
“They’re making sure I’m getting my work in, making sure that everything is laid, so all I’ve got to do is go out there and be me. For me in return, I’ve got to make sure everybody is feeding off that, and [Saturday] was a really good start. Hopefully next game we have Ky back and keep this thing rolling.”
That next video game is Monday versus Milwaukee and MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, with Irving noted as doubtful. Irving hasn’t played given that Jan. 5 due to very first individual leave and after that a five-day mandated quarantine.
With Irving anticipated to exercise Sunday with the reserves, Nash might deal with the supreme First World issue of including an All-NBA guard to the mix.
“We’re going to have to continually find how it all works to its best level, to the most effective and efficient standard. But throwing Kyrie in the mix makes us better,” Nash stated. “It’s a great issue to have, attempting to find out where they can exist together to their greatest level.
“It takes time; it’s going to be an adjustment for everyone. But it’s an incredible problem to have and something we’ll relish trying to decipher.”