I think the really impressive part isnt the 49 points. Its the 3 Blocks and 3 steals. Harden tonight fished for the Luka matchup the whole game and we saw how Luka ended up doing. We also saw what was good defense from Harden on the unicorn not giving him and inch but theres not really anything you can do he’s about a foot taller than you at some point u just gotta hope he misses Now, there were a couple times when running back on defense that he collapsed onto the ball handler and left the shooter open and just didnt even try to close out but given what was asked of him phisically this game, i wouldnt blame him too much. I hope this means he usually doesnt play as gritty defense because he’s tired from a high offensive load/ knowing he has a long season ahead of him This shows he has it in him to be a really good defender. Forget average. Last night he was REALLY GOOD Thanks for coming to another Rockets fan praising Harden’s defense ted talk.
2015-16 was when he had the really bad reputation as a defender because he got caught sleeping so often but I feel like since then hes really improved. Hes clearly got this size, smarts and strength to guard one on one when players back him down. He
He had Luka in the gulag Man if Rockets can play defense like they did in the 4th and OT consistently theyâ€™re gonna be tough to beat. Credit to Mavs too, they had one of the best offensive nights of all time. Fitting because they have the GOAT offense
Harden has the ability to be good at defense. He has improved recently, but hes still prone to lapses in crucial moments or just being tired when hes carrying the offensive load. The former is why I think he gets more criticism because the latter happens
I remember that possession when he got to the perfect defense stance with his arms spread and realised that Ive never seen this before
You havent been watching much then
I dont think you remember the possession Im talking about
Heâ€™s just lazy sometimes I defense which I kinda get why. Mans dribbles like crazy and itâ€™s surprisingly super tiring and draining.