Thunder defensive ace Thabo Sefolosha talks about defending Rockets guard James Harden.
Q: You guys have been working on your perimeter defense. How do you feel like it is going into a series like this where it's going to be important against good guard play?
A: “It's going to be huge. Obviously with Lin and Harden and even Parsons, the way they attack the rim and make plays for others also, it's going to be key for us to really guard our man and not rely too much on the help. Start with man-to-man defense and then get the help when we need it.”
What's the best way of guarding James Harden?
“Best way? I don't know if there's a best way. But you've got to play physical against him, make it tough for him to even catch the ball where he likes to catch it. He's a great player. He can do a lot of different things so it's going to be challenging. It's going to be a good matchup.”
What kind of challenge does his hesitation game present?
“A lot. Obviously he can shoot the ball and drive. So you try to take something away or just make it tough for him.”
How much more difficult does his ability to also get his teammates involved make defending him?
“That's every team. When you've got a guy that can score and share the ball and make his teammates better he's always a tough guy. And you've got to be aware of where he is at all times on the floor so that's what we're going to do.”
Is there one aspect of his game that you'd rather take away from him?
“Not really. We're going to see how the game presents itself, how the game is being played, what type of game he has going on also and take all that into consideration and take it game after game.”