James Harden: ‘This Is the Year; for Sure'

James Harden is feeling pretty good about his team right now.

His expectations are sky high.

"This is the year. For sure," Harden told Jovan Buha of ESPN.com.

You can't really blame The Beard for feeling this way.

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The Rockets (47-13) lead the Warriors (47-14) for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Houston also owns the tiebreaker because they took two of three from Golden State this season.

Then there's these facts:

Back in 2012, Harden played on the 2012 Thunder squad with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka that reached the NBA Finals.


"This is probably the best team I've ever been a part of, from top to bottom," Harden told ESPN. "The chemistry that we have, included with the coaching staff -- I mean, we're having a lot of fun."

In addition to the team success this year, Harden is the front-runner for MVP.

He's averaging 31.4 points, 8.9 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game, while shooting over 38 percent from deep.

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Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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