James Harden: his shocking physical change to perform at his best and a secret about his body.
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The NBA opened its doors, and the race for the title was already at stake. It will be almost eight months of tough battles, exciting encounters and plays that will be marked in time. However, waiting too long was unnecessary to find the first blooper of the season, which starred James Harden.
One of the moments of the week soon went viral on social networks. Harden made a crossover to Marcus Smart, last season's defender of the year.
His rival dropped ridiculously and slid nearly twenty feet to finish near the rim; James waited for the right moment, evaded the situation with a hip movement and threw but missed miserably.
In addition to regretting that action, he will also have felt overwhelmed by the collective performance. It is that the Philadelphia 76ers did not make a foot in their visit to the TD Garden and lost to the powerful Boston Celtics by 126-117, in a game that made clear the intact potential of Mazzulla 's as candidates in the East.
At the same time, all the defensive problems that those led by Rivers still have been evident, especially concerning the lack of speed and perimeter marking of their lineup.
Despite the virtualization in social networks due to the action in which he missed the hoop and the defeat, Harden had a very promising individual performance.
After a 2021-22 campaign in which he looked completely out of shape physically and far from the best version of him (especially in the hottest moments of the postseason ), he had to show a sign of resurrection.
All the reports spoke of summer much more committed to training by La Barba, but he had to confirm it on the field. To make matters worse, the challenge of facing the defending champion of the Eastern Conference on an opening day gave him another quota of pressure. Even so, he responded with a performance of yesteryear: 35 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and a super effective 9 of 14 from the field.
The Golden State Warriors, current NBA champions, began with a 109-123 victory over the Lakers at the Chase Center, with Stephen Curry starting the new season at a high level; Chef added 33 points to guide the first win.
The Warrior's party began before the game with the delivery of the rings from last season, where the Mexican Juan Toscano, now a Lakers player, posed with his former teammates in a spectacular photograph. Shortly after. Golden State did not fail and destroyed the Lakers and their Big3.
Although Jordan Poole caught the eye in the first quarter, where he signed a couple of triples, the night man was Stephen Curry with 33 points; Andrew Wiggings contributed 20 points and Klay Thompson 18