The Thunder’s past and current feelings toward Harden will be tested throughout this best-of-7 opening-round series, beginning with Game 1 today at 8:45 p.m. at The Peake (and televised on TNT).
“We’re not looking at him as a friend right now,” Durant said of Harden. “Of course, we all know him, but it’s Rockets versus Thunder. We want to come out there and stop whoever they put on the floor. It’s not about just James. They’ve got some players who can really play. We’ve got to do a great job as a group of stopping those guys. It’s far from just James. He’s an All-Star player. He’s going to make shots. He’s going to make tough shots, but we can’t get discouraged or hang our heads.”
Perkins added: “We’ve got to come out there and make sure we make it a physical game, put pressure on the ball playing our team defense. It’s not about trying to guard outside our body and worrying about if James is going to get off because he’s playing there. Whatever it is, play our type of ball.”
- John Rohde
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