Originally written June 14, 2012 on Crossover Chronicles:
If one Thunder player completely underwhelmed in Game One of the NBA Finals, it was sixth man extraordinaire James Harden. Harden represents one of the biggest advantages the Thunder have in this series as the Heat are not exactly the deepest team and do not exactly have athleticism off the bench. Harden has the kind of game-changing offensive ability to pull Oklahoma City through some of the dull times in the middle of the second quarter. So a five-point, two-for-six shooting performance raised some eyebrows even though the Thunder ended up winning. What probably had more people wondering is the fact that Harden, saddled with foul trouble, did not enter the game in the fourth quarter until there was 2:43 left and that Harden only played seven minutes in the second half (failing to score in that time). Thabo Sefolosha was playing some fantastic defense and so Scott Brooks made the right call riding that hot hand. But moving forward, Oklahoma City knows it will need more from Hard...
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