James Harden Shakes Austin Rivers Right Out Of The Arena

The next time this happens, Austin Rivers should probably just accept his fate and hit the ground. Stumbling backwards and then throwing up his hands as if it was someone else's fault that James Harden jellied his legs wasn't really a good look. There's no defensive rotation that can save you in that situation, Austin. » 1/16/14 10:29am 1/16/14 10:29am

James Harden Really Didn't Feel Like Playing Defense Again Last Night

James Harden scored 35 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out five assists in the Rockets' one-point loss to the Lakers. On Monday, Harden played defense like a hungover rec-leaguer. This time, he progressed all the way to indifferent spectator. It's the type of skill that just doesn't show up on a stat sheet. » 11/08/13 1:30pm 11/08/13 1:30pm

Houston, You Have A Problem Child: Dwight Howard Is A Rocket

Dwight Howard consummated his long dalliances with the Rockets late yesterday, giving Houston one of the stranger tripartites in the league. You have the hyped-beyond-his-abilities Jeremy Lin, and the former third option James Harden coming off a 26 ppg season — and now Howard, seven feet of shoulders and 240 pounds… » 7/06/13 12:33pm 7/06/13 12:33pm

The Grizzlies Are About To Grizz Past The OKC Kevin Durants

Oklahoma City is looking suspiciously like a team that is going to lose a second-round series. Kevin Durant posted 25 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals, while Serge Ibaka chipped in 13 points, 10 boards and 4 blocks. And still Memphis ground out an 87-81 win for a 2-1 series lead on an afternoon when both… » 5/11/13 8:18pm 5/11/13 8:18pm

Kevin Durant Finds That Life Without Russell Westbrook Isn't Much Fun

Comebacks from a 3-0 deficit have been done in hockey, and in baseball, but never in the NBA. It makes sense; those first two sports put an inordinate amount of weight on one person, a goaltender or a pitcher. But basketball is ostensibly the same starting five every night—except when it's not. Houston handled the… » 5/02/13 8:54am 5/02/13 8:54am

James Harden Sinks Half-Court Buzzer-Beater

As time ticked away in the third quarter of Oklahoma City-Houston, Russell Westbrook was hanging on for the last shot of the period and finally drove to the basket with about seven seconds left. He promptly lost the ball, which wound up in former teammate James Harden's hands with three seconds left. Harden took it… » 2/20/13 10:21pm 2/20/13 10:21pm

Because Of Some Alleged Hard Bargaining From The Astros, About 60% Of…

Is there anything worse than a local baseball franchise that hasn't been competitive in four seasons, telegraphs its plans to stay non-competitive by carrying almost no payroll, and is widely expected to occupy the basement of its new league when they switch over this spring? Yes. A local baseball team that is all… » 1/19/13 1:15pm 1/19/13 1:15pm

James Harden Crossover Gives Jrue Holiday Whiplash

The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Houston Rockets 107-100 last night and oh, who cares? Do yourself a favor: skip to the :09 mark of this video and watch in slow motion how James Harden crosses up Jrue Holiday. Looks pretty bad, right? Now go back to the beginning and watch in real time as James Harden crosses up Jrue… » 1/13/13 10:45am 1/13/13 10:45am

The Wizards Could Have Had James Harden, But The Wizards Are Not…

Fresh off finishing 20-46 last year, the Wizards decided to take a somewhat unconventional route to respectability: Rather than completely (that is to say, intentionally) tanking, clearing the roster of onerous contracts, and rebuilding through the draft, they opted to take a "win now" approach, by which they meant… » 12/12/12 9:45am 12/12/12 9:45am

James Harden And Jeremy Lin Are Free And Really Fun To Watch

Prior to this season, James Harden and Jeremy Lin were two players who'd never had the chance to write their own stories. In New York, Lin was pressed into service as both a humble standard-bearer and a basketball messiah, one whose actual abilities were obscured by the phenomenon he created. In Oklahoma City, Harden… » 11/01/12 12:21pm 11/01/12 12:21pm