Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 11/13/12
Three weeks ago, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were taking in Notre Dame's win at Oklahoma in nearby Norman, Oklahoma, when news began to travel across Twitter and across the wire that Oklahoma City traded James Harden to Houston. The news shocked the Thunder, especially so close to the beginning of the season, providing the organization very little time to acclimate and adjust. In perhaps a big statement of what he was capable of, Harden turned in a torrid start to the season, scoring 106 points in his first three games (35.3 points per game) and shooting 36 for 68 from the floor (52.9 percent). It made Thunder fans wonder if letting Harden go was really worth it and if he really deserved the max contract the Rockets gave him. Adding on top of that was Kevin Martin trying to fill in Harden's scoring and play-making role off the bench and not having quite the same results. Martin, really playing on his first sure-fire Playoff-caliber team, has not scored less than 15 points...
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