James Harden Says He Needs About Ten Games to Assess his Clippers Performance

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The Los Angeles Clippers have been unable to secure a victory since their acquisition of James Harden and P.J. Tucker.

They are struggling to establish a cohesive rotation, with Harden, Tucker, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook still in the process of figuring out how to work together, having all been primary scorers in their careers.

Coach Tyronn Lue made an interesting adjustment in their recent game against the Dallas Mavericks.

He decided to remove George and Westbrook from the game earlier than usual in the first quarter and had them replace Harden and Leonard later on.

Although a lineup featuring George, Westbrook, Tucker, Norman Powell, and Terance Mann was outscored by nine points in just two minutes, Lue expressed his desire to give that combination more opportunities to thrive.

James Harden, despite the team’s struggles, remains confident. He mentioned to reporters, as reported by Law Murray of The Athletic,

“Individually, I’ve only played three games so far. I didn’t have the benefit of a training camp or preseason, so everything still feels like it’s moving at a lightning pace for me. I think I’ll need about ten games to really assess where I stand.” Harden said. 

The Clippers’ upcoming game is on the road against the Memphis Grizzlies, who have a 1-8 record this season. This presents the Clippers with their best chance to get back on the winning track.

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