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OKC Thunder: Guard James Harden says he's ready to go vs. Mavs

by Berry Tramel Modified: April 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm •  Published: April 27, 2012

Do you think the elbow was intentional?

“I don't know.”

Was Artest's seven-game suspension fair?

“I can't comment on that. That's the NBA's job. I'm a basketball player.”

Are you looking forward to being known for making plays again, instead of being the victim of an elbow?

“I'm happy to be back on the court, helping my team win basketball games, coming off the bench, being that guy to go to. Definitely something to look forward to, especially going from last year in the playoffs, playing against Dallas, looking at some of the success we had against them.”

Are you fired up to see Dallas again, since the Mavs eliminated the Thunder last May?

“We have a bad taste in our mouth. Dallas is a great team. They have one of the best players to ever play the game in Dirk (Nowitzki). It's going to be a fun series. Rematch of the Western Conference Finals.”

How would you describe the support you received since the elbow?

“Amazing. I didn't know I had that many fans. Thunder fans, just all over Twitter. People texting me. Teammates. Shows the love I have. I appreciate everybody for it.”

How easy has it been getting back in the flow?

“Today was a good day of practice. We got to go over Dallas, watched a little bit of film. And just get after it a little bit. Like I said, we hadn't time to practice in awhile. Good to get back on the court and compete against each other and make each other better.”

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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