The injury-ravaged Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors 121-119 on Friday as Harden scored 35 factors, persevering with his unbelievable run of getting scored at the very least 30 factors in 22 successive video games.
All however 5 of these totals have been achieved with out Paul, the nine-time All-Star sidelined since earlier than Christmas due to a hamstring harm.
Paul, 33, is about to make his comeback Sunday towards the Magic, and Harden is aware of Paul could be a main asset.
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Requested what he’ll convey to the staff, Harden instructed reporters: “Management and simply play-making capacity. [On] protection, having the ability to create defensive steals to our offense.
“I am simply completely happy to see him again on the court docket. He spent so lengthy figuring out and making an attempt to get his physique wholesome and proper as effectively.”
The presence of Paul ought to ease the burden on Harden, who insists he’s completely happy for his numbers to lower if it advantages the staff.
“It is nice, I am right here for no matter,” Harden mentioned of his function when Paul returns.
“No matter I’ve to do. Guys exit, some guys obtained to step up, some guys obtained to step up greater than regular.
“When guys are wholesome, roles are gonna dim down a little bit bit, however that is high quality. So long as we’re taking part in effectively as a staff and we’re clicking, we’re good.”