We often clown on James Harden for his agnostic indifference to defense. It’s jarring to watch him imitate a statue or pick the absolute worst time to ask his buddy about something in an NBA game full of NBA players. I’m sure he also makes plenty of good defensive plays (Basketball Reference is telling me he averages a steal and a half per game), but he’s a superstar who doesn’t give a shit on that end and thus deserves the mockery.
However, we’d be remiss if we also did not highlight when Harden shocks the world and makes very good defensive plays. Like this one tonight, when he blocked Wes Matthews, and had the wherewithal to toss it off Matthews’ leg to get his team the ball back.
Well done! The Rockets are currently trailing in the third quarter.