Rockets’ James Harden explains mindset playing without Russell Westbrook

Mike D'Antoni, James Harden and Russell Westbrook
Mike D'Antoni, James Harden and Russell Westbrook (Getty Images)

James Harden opened up about how the absence of Russell Westbrook will affect his performance on the court.

Westbrook (quad injury) will miss part of the first-round of the playoffs, where the Houston Rockets will face the Oklahoma City Thunder

Harden, who is averaging 35.3 points (on 53.6% shooting), 9.2 rebounds, 8.7 assists, and 3.0 steals since the restart of the season, said he intends to play his game without any difference in terms of his aggressive mindset.

“For me, nothing changes no matter who’s on the court. My aggressive mentality no matter who’s on the floor. What’s missed is his ability to get to the basket, draw defenders in and create opportunities for our team.

Not only him but House, Eric is getting into his rhythm, P.J. didn’t play an entire game—it’s our entire group. We’re fully healthy, which we were these first few games, we’re a really dangerous team.

We gotta get guys healthy and get them back on the court as soon as possible,” Harden said, via Kelly Iko of The Athletic.