Enough can’t be said about the embarrassing loss by the Rockets against the Spurs 114-75
The soul-crushing loss by the Rockets was capped off by a 2-11 shot performance by James Harden he attributed to not getting into a rhythm
Two stat lines are just soul crushing when you are a Rockets fan in this game. One is James Harden the most likely #2 NBA MVP only went 2-11. He took full responsibility for it blaming not getting into any rhythm but not taking a shot until midway thru the second quarter is out of this world bad for him. Harden played as he was done with the season. He played like he had another job to get to. If I was a hardcore fan, you best believe I would have broken something in my house watching that sluggish performance. I don’t know how you can even do that if you are him. James Harden should have shot the ball at least 25 times last night. If he went 4-25, I would be as pissed because at least he tried.
“You’ve got to take it for what it is,” Harden said. “Everything falls on my shoulders. I take responsibility for it, both ends of the floor. You know, it’s tough, especially the way we lost at home for Game 6. But it happened. Now we move forward.”
It was the lowest scoring playoff performance James Harden had since 2012 in the NBA Finals. He ranked second in the league this year with 29 points per game and 11 assists this season. The only excuse that he could have was he was hurt. News better come out today that something was wrong with him or this guy will just never win, and I wouldn’t want him on my team. In the nine games that he played against the Spurs before this game, he averaged 28 pts.
The second stat line that is telling of the outcome of this game is rebounding. The Spurs nabbed 60 rebounds compared to the 37 that the Rockets had in game six. The great job by Pop of going with a bigger lineup of Pau Gasol and Aldridge was a great move. They had no answer to the bigs from the Spurs. The drive for a layup or kick out for a three might have worked great but impressive three-point shooters the Rockets have didn’t hit a shot until the second quarter I believe.
The Defense of the Spurs and the shutdown play of Jonathon Simmons on James Hardon should be talked about more, but it’s, going to be overshadowed by the 11 shots he took. That will by my NBA playoffs rant.