"You want to give yourself the best chance and with the four-seed we had home court advantage in the first series but the second we had to play on the road which is difficult," Harden said. "We've got to get off to a better start and we've got to give ourselves the best chance by getting that No. 1 or No. 2 seed. It's a huge part of it."
"We've let a lot of opportunities slip away ... if you don't take advantage of opportunities you end up on the losing side," Harden said.