James Harden did his best to downplay Wednesday's reunion with his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"It's another game," he said.
Harden did acknowledge some of the positives from the upcoming trip back to his former basketball home.
"It'll be good to see some faces, some old teammates and my coaches and my family. They're all my family."
Harden spent his first three NBA seasons in Oklahoma City, forming a title-contending nucleus including Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook that advanced to the NBA Finals last season.
He was traded in a blockbuster move to the Rockets right before the regular season started, coming along with Cole Aldrich, Daequan Cook, and Lazar Hayward for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, and draft picks.
Harden is averaging 25.1 points a game so far this season. He ranks fifth in the league in scoring.