James Harden is expected to return to the starting lineup in Houston this season, but the reigning MVP should also be more involved in the offense in Cleveland, according to an ESPN Insider.
The Cavs have a history of letting the superstar play the most minutes and, while James’ shooting percentage has been below average the past two seasons, his play has been the most important part of his team’s success.
This is an issue the Cavs have been struggling with this season and a lot of players have been asked to play less minutes than usual.
It’s a challenge that the Cavs were forced to take on after LeBron James left for Miami.
LeBron James is averaging 23.1 points per game, but he is averaging just 12.3 minutes per game.
Thats not good enough to stay in the starting five, which has put a lot on the shoulders of the team’s bench.
James Harden will not be starting in Cleveland this season.
He will be the starter at center, though.
James averaged 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.4 steals in 39 games with the Houston Rockets last season.
James has never been a reliable defender and he will likely get some more minutes this season if he plays.
It is unlikely that the Rockets will have a full complement of big men, so Harden will likely be the primary option on offense.
The Cavaliers will likely use James Harden as the primary offensive option as a backup to Kyrie Irving.
That should be fine with the Cavs, though, as they are one of the better teams in the league at scoring the ball in transition.
James is a player who is known for his ability to get the ball out quickly and make quick decisions.
James should be able to do the same things he did last season when he was playing at a high level.
It will be up to James Harden to continue to produce when he is on the floor, though he will have to prove that he can still do that as the regular season progresses.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have won seven straight games.
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