Brooklyn Nets fans will love James Harden’s take on playoff loss

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 01: James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 01: James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

The Brooklyn Nets might have crashed out of the postseason thanks to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, but that doesn’t mean that the trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving deserves to be mocked. In fact, the fact they even ended up taking it to seven games is impressive.

Irving missed the final few games of the series due to a freak ankle injury, and while Harden did suit up, he was dealing with a nagging hamstring injury that could’ve put him on the shelf for weeks if it wasn’t a playoff scenario. Durant can only do so much against Giannis and a stacked Milwaukee team.

Harden and the Nets are ready to kick some tail this season as they try to establish Brooklyn as the premier roster in the game. Based on some of the comments from Harden about how last year transpired, it sounds like he is ready to declare their early exit a fluke due to some unlucky circumstances.

Harden thinks that with all of the stars healthy, the Nets have all the ingredients needed for a championship run, as he boldly claimed that “nobody can beat us” when Brooklyn is free from injuries.

“The biggest thing is us being healthy, which we will be,” Harden said. “Honestly, we’re just excited to play a whole season together. That’s the exciting part.”

James Harden thinks that the Brooklyn Nets are title-bound.

The Nets are going to unveil a brand new rotation after free agency sent key contributors like Spencer Dinwiddie and Jeff Green to Washington and Denver, respectively, but that should do little to negate the fact that this team has enough offensive star power to ensure they will once again be ranked as one of the best in the league.

Durant proved last year that he can take over games whenever he feels like it, Irving showed that his lethal shot creation and dribbling abilities have not waned with age, and Harden brought his unique ball-dominant style of play to Brooklyn. Health ended up being the final nail in the coffin for this team.

Harden, Irving, and Durant only played together for a handful of games. Durant was 9-2 in games that he played with Harden in the regular season, and Irving was 22-5 when he and Harden were on the floor together. Those numbers came on a team that was forced to start DeAndre Jordan at center.

When Harden is able to penetrate the lane and get to the foul line, Irving continues proving that he is one of the better isolation scorers the game has ever seen, and when Durant gets hot from beyond the 3-point line, it’s going to take one hell of a defensive effort night in and night out to extinguish those fires.

Brooklyn will also have the benefit of some extra qualified rotation members that help assist the Big 3 in racking up points.

Joe Harris could put his playoff struggles behind him, rookie Cam Thomas can continue carrying over his hot start from Summer League play, and Blake Griffin is back in the fold as the starting center. With those complementary pieces next to Harden, Durant, and Irving, Brooklyn should be feeling very confident in their abilities.

This quote could come back to bite the Nets in the but if they end up once again struggling to make it to the Finals in a deep Eastern Conference, but Harden appears to want all the smoke that comes his way. It would be even more concerning and set off more alarm bells if Harden didn’t show this level of confidence in himself and his team.