James Harden wants to improve defense and become starter
The Oklahoman reports:
Holding him back has been the defensive side of the ball, where Thabo Sefolosha excels and Harden still is honing in on what it takes to be a two-way player. In the Thunder's 87-82 win over Boston on Monday, Harden displayed how much more of a pest he's become. Albeit against an overmatched but scrappy Celtics squad, Harden provided the game-clinching block on Jaycee Carroll, the end of an impressive defensive sequence that became a staple in the Thunder's come-from-behind win.
"It needs to improve every single day," Harden said of his defense. "I need to show them that I can really get after it and that I improved over the past year and into this summer. That's the key. Our whole motive is defense."