James Harden with another defensive effort for the “highlight” reel (VIDEO)

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I know Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey and coaches were frustrated after videos of James Harden’s defensive lapses during Team USA’s run to gold this summer. They said this meme had taken over what has been an improving Harden defense. And they are right — this season Harden has played his best defense in years. He talked about putting in the effort in the preseason, he’s done that.

Then plays like this happen….

Come on now. You know we’re going to show that.

Harden was in a bad position and didn’t make the effort to get to a good one, he just waived like a matador as the bull ran past. All he needed was a red cape. It is just one play, but it’s one ugly play.