James Harden dissected Golden State with 16 assists Saturday evening, essentially the most by a participant in Brooklyn Nets historical past. And as he continues to seem like the best level guard within the league, the Nets’ former level guard has formally bestowed the place on him.
“I really feel like he’s doing an excellent job of managing the purpose guard function,” Kyrie Irving mentioned after the Nets’ 134-117 victory over the Warriors on Saturday evening. “We established that perhaps 4 days in the past now. I simply checked out him, and I mentioned, ‘You’re the purpose guard, and I’m going to play taking pictures guard.’
“That was so simple as that. So he’s been taking management of the duties and doing an unimaginable job. It simply makes my job simpler to only exit and play free and simply make performs. It’s a luxurious. I simply wish to proceed it.”
Irving performs a recreation like an excellent improvisational jazz musician, whereas Harden is working Brooklyn’s offense like a grasp conductor. Harden’s 16 assists had been essentially the most handed out by a Web since Deron Williams’ 20 again on March 30, 2012. That additionally occurs to be the Nets’ final street win at Golden State.
“[The talk] went fast, it went professionally and we checked out one another in settlement and James was like, ‘OK, I’m the purpose guard and also you’re the taking pictures guard,’” mentioned Irving, who scored a team-high 23 factors. “It’s straightforward to play off any person that’s keen to enhance your recreation and able to sacrifice and it’s straightforward to do. I’ve been ready for this chance.”
Harden, Irving and Kevin Durant scored or assisted 100 factors, and the Nets had been plus-21 of their 21.7 minutes collectively. Harden, for his half, mentioned the transfer to full-time Nets level guard got here simply.
“Yeah, I got here to this workforce understanding that they’ve two particular scorers on this workforce,” Harden mentioned. “Clearly I can rating after I have to, however so long as I’m getting everyone concerned and Ky is getting the photographs that he needs, KD is getting the photographs that he needs, it’s fairly environment friendly and it appears to work properly that manner. And offensively isn’t the issue for us. We are able to rating in bunches. It’s defensively, and it looks as if we’re getting a rhythm as of late, so we’ve simply obtained to stick with it.”
DeAndre Jordan is anticipated to hitch the Nets on this five-game street journey.
Requested if Spencer Dinwiddie may return this season from his ACL surgical procedure, coach Steve Nash mentioned he didn’t wish to put any undue strain or unrealistic expectations on the guard.