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NBA Finals: James Harden has bruised hand, but he will be ready for Game 5

Thunder guard Daequan Cook said he has no concerns with Harden's shot.
By John Rohde Published: June 20, 2012

Thunder coach Scott Brooks stresses Harden's lack of production has not been due to a lack of effort, evident by Harden hauling down a career-high 10 rebounds in Game 4.

“He has to be aggressive because you're not going to be able to score by being passive,” Brooks said. “He's getting shots. He's getting opportunities to handle the ball, he just has to keep it going. He hasn't shot the ball well, but we expect him to come out better and shoot the ball better.”

Asked if he still has confidence in his shot, Harden chuckled.

“Oh, yeah,” Harden said. “I've got a lot of confidence in my shot, not just from talking but from putting the work in every single day.”

Harden acknowledges he's been off-target in the Finals, but not way off-target. Several shots have rattled in-and-out, which tells Harden he's not far from success.

“I'm that far off from making a shot,” said Harden, holding his left thumb and forefinger a half-inch apart, “and we're that far off from winning – both of those things. A couple more shots (go in) and we win basketball games – three in a row. We've got to have that same confidence. We don't have any doubt in our minds that we can win the game.”

Win Game 5 and OKC has done what Miami did in Game 2 when it won a road game. Games 6 and 7, if necessary, would be at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday at 7 p.m. and Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Win Thursday, and the Thunder is back on track.

“Before this series, we talked about just coming in and winning one game in Miami, and we still have one more crack at it,” Harden said. “If we get it back the Oklahoma City, then we have a better chance (to win the series).”