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Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Two

James Harden was ‘kicking chairs’ after Rockets’ Game 2 loss to Warriors

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James Harden was magnificent in Game 2 against the Warriors, but ultimately came up short.

Trailing by a point with possession and eight seconds or so remaining, Harden was unable to get a shot off, and turned the ball over after being double-teamed by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on the final play of the contest.

It was a crushing loss, and we saw some of Harden’s frustration as cameras caught him knocking some curtains over on his way to the locker room.

Evidently, there was more.

From Jimmy Spencer of Sporting News:

“Kicking chairs, it’s frustrating,” Harden said. “Frustrating to give the game away like that for myself.” …

“Ten out of 10 times, we’ll take that play,” Harden said. “It gave me confidence, but it’s still frustrating when I know I could have at least got a shot up.” …

“Got the ball off the glass, and I’m thinking, just to try to get an easy one,” Harden said. “They did a good job of having two guys on me, so I couldn’t attack, and when I looked up I saw a red jersey and it was Dwight so I tried to throw it back to him. At that time I’m thinking five seconds on the clock, so I tried to get the ball back, and there was still two guys right there. I watched the film. It’s just a tough, tough play.”

Watching it again, it appeared as though Harden had a brief opportunity to get a shot up earlier in the possession, after he got a bit of separation from Thompson. But he passed up the shot, perhaps because Harrison Barnes was running right behind him at that very moment, and Harden didn’t feel he had the space.

Either way, the frustration is completely understandable.

PBT Extra: Klay Thompson’s done well, but Warriors should throw other defenders at James Harden, too

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game One

Klay Thompson has done an admirable job defending James Harden in the Western Conference Finals — the Rockets’ cornerstone has had a near triple-double in both games in the series, but he’s doing it hitting difficult, contested shots.

On the other end of the court, Thompson has seen his offense drop off due to his huge defensive assignment.

In this latest PBT Extra with Jenna Corrado, I suggest the Warriors throw some other defenders at Harden — Harrison Barnes comes to mind… just not Leandro Barbosa again — to change up the looks.

Plus Thompson will get some rest, maybe helping spark more offense from him.

PBT Extra: Give Warriors defense some credit for stop of Harden on last play

James Harden, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson
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James Harden was nothing short of brilliant Thursday night, but that’s not what everyone is talking about.

It’s all about the last play when the Rockets had the chance to win, and Harden didn’t get a shot off. That’s what Jenna Corrado and I discuss in this latest PBT Extra.

First things first, I think Kevin McHale made the right move not calling for a timeout — Harden with a head of steam in transition has better odds of success than anything the team was going to draw up in a timeout, especially since it let the Warriors’ defense set.

Rather than just blame Harden, give some credit to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who got back on defense and cut off the easy path to the rim for Harden. He hesitated. While maybe he could have hit a streaking Terrence Jones, and while he certainly shouldn’t have passed to Dwight Howard, this was as much about good transition defense as anything else.