Houston Rockets (7-7) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (11-4)
Oh, hey there, James. Did not even notice you are gone. Why are you wearing red? There is a game tonight.
Huh? You got traded. I thought you looked less beard-y coming off the bench.
Tonight, James Harden returns to Oklahoma City for the first time since the trade at the beginning of the season that shook up the Thunder, the Rockets and the NBA.
Harden has been superb for the Rockets, leading them with 25.1 points per game and 5.4 assists per game. The increased minutes have led to an increase in production as Harden's per 36 minutes are up too.
It seems Harden was ready for a bigger role and he is taking full advantage of it in Houston.
The big difference, of course, is the record. The Rockets are sitting at .500 while the Thunder are racing out to the front of the Western Conference. Harden has to take the next step now as a team leader and start leading some wins.
Tonight, that will mean putting em...