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James Harden Remains Optimistic About the Los Angeles Clippers’ Season: ‘When We Figure This Out, It’s Going to Be Scary’

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James Harden is choosing to remain optimistic through a disappointing start to the Los Angeles Clippers’ season. In his first five games with the team, the Clippers still have yet to find a win with him in their lineup.

Harden took the opportunity to reflect on the direction of the team after a 111-108 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

“When we figure this out, it’s going to be scary. We’re getting there. We’ll let others talk, and we’ll put the work in. It’s going to take some time, and that’s okay.”

James Harden told Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes

There’s no denying that on paper, the Clippers should be much better than they are. The team has struggled to find their gel on the court together but should perform better as the season unfolds. The process of handling all of that talent will be something for head coach Tyronn Lue to figure out.

“It’s just people talking. I guarantee that if you put anyone else in this situation, it won’t benefit them. That’s my mindset, but my focus is on getting wins.”

James Harden

The Clippers need to maximize their championship window before it closes in on them. They are one of the oldest teams in the league that hasn’t been able to win a championship with the pairing of Paul George and Kahwi Leonard.

Harden has struggled statistically to start the year. The former MVP is averaging 15.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists with the Clippers. If Harden can play at a consistently solid level, it could elevate the team to a true contender. However, it will require him to figure out his game for them to do so.