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How Did We All Get Sucked Into James Harden's Nightmare?

He had more turnovers than shot attempts. The whole performance was bad—sickeningly bad, broadly and in nearly all its details—but the main thing to know is that in last night’s Game 5 elimination, Houston’s James Harden conveyed the ball to the Golden State Warriors more times (13, a playoff record) than he conveyed… »5/28/15 9:35am5/28/15 9:35am

First Quarter Offensive Explosion Propels Rockets Past Warriors

As well as the Warriors played in Game 3, the Rockets played even better in the first quarter of Game 4. Besides James Harden, the Rockets starters are all inconsistent offensive performers. But in the first quarter the Rockets went 17-21, 8-9 from three. James Harden scored “only” 10 of the Rockets’s 45 points, as… »5/26/15 12:31am5/26/15 12:31am

Warriors Beat Rockets As James Harden Can't Get Final Shot Off

James Harden was brilliant all game, putting up a ridiculous 38/10/9 line without a ton of help from his non-Dwight Howard teammates. But on the final play of the game, down 99-98 with seven seconds to attack a scrambling Warriors defense, Harden inexplicably passed the ball to Howard, and when he got it back he… »5/21/15 11:44pm5/21/15 11:44pm

Rockets Return The Favor, Whoop The Clippers To Avoid Elimination

With the Grizzlies-Warriors, Wizards-Hawks, and Cavaliers-Bulls (before tonight) series all even at two games a piece, the Rockets-Clippers series was the outlier. The Clippers stomped all over the Rockets in Games 1, 3, and 4, winning by 16, 25, and 33 points. Chris Paul didn’t even play in the first, and played… »5/13/15 1:13am5/13/15 1:13am

Draymond Green Is A Taunting Goon, And He's My Favorite NBA Player

A lot of Golden State Warriors players are goons. Andrew Bogut is a goon. David Lee is a goon. Draymond Green is a goon. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson might run the most beautiful offense in the league, but the Warriors' goonery is an important component of their league-leading defense. But they've been so good… »1/22/15 10:40pm1/22/15 10:40pm

There Were A Lot Of Buzzer Beaters In the NBA Tonight

Look, the NBA season is too damn long. Even I, an NBA junkie that watches at least 200 games a year, can see that. Too many teams are tanking, too many teams are on energy crippling back-to-backs, and too many teams have injuries to fully showcase 82 games of high-quality basketball. Among the numerous proposals for… »12/18/14 2:15am12/18/14 2:15am

James Harden Isn't Godawful At Defense, But The GIFs Are Still Funny

The GIF above showcases objectively fucking awful defense by James Harden against the Knicks last night. He makes absolutely no effort to prevent Shane Larkin from dribbling by him, he doesn't try and steal the ball, he doesn't foul Shane Larkin to stop the play, he doesn't drop back and try to turn a three-on-one… »11/25/14 8:30am11/25/14 8:30am