Harden faces former team in first round

by Ryan Posner

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Prediction: Thunder in 5

Reunited and it feels so good for Houston Rockets guard James Harden. Once a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Harden was traded to the Rockets in the offseason. Now he is the face of the Rockets organization and carries his new team to the No. 8 seed in the playoffs. Unfortunately for Harden, a pairing against his former team, the No. 1-seeded Thunder may not have been the most favorable matchup. Kevin Durant was his usual self this year, second in the league in scoring at 28.1 per game and leading his squad to another high seed in the Western Conference. Harden really came into his own this year, scoring 25.9 points per game. Even with Harden’s incredible play, the Thunder still has a clear advantage in the backcourt with superstar point guard Russell Westbrook and Durant. Houston’s Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons are going to have to do a lot to slow down the dynamic duo of Westbrook and Durant. Parsons, a small forward, is averaging more than 15 points per game. Lin came onto the scene last season with the Knicks. In his first year with the Rockets, he has been a steady contributor and is averaging 6.1 assists and 13.4 points per game. These teams played three times in the regular season and the Thunder got the better of them at 2-1.

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