OKLAHOMA CITY You had to know this was going to happen.
You just knew James Harden was going to come back at some point and at some point it was going to really matter.
And now the Thunder are in a no-win situation while Harden is poised for the ultimate "I told you so" moment.
Five days before the season started, the Thunder traded the popular Harden to Houston and now we're two days before the teams tip-off in the first round of the playoffs in Oklahoma City.
We meet again.
If you didn't think this was going to happen, you're an optimist. If you think this is series anything other than Harden vs. Oklahoma City, you're mistaken.
This is a stand-off and is as big as it gets for April in the NBA. The Thunder may say they are distancing themselves from a grudge match against their former teammate, but we know better than that. It's only natural to want to one-up a former solider. It only makes sense to say to him, "Here's what you left behind."
And it only makes sense for Hard...