James Harden played like a 2 against the Spurs, and acted like one after
James Harden put on one of the worst playoff performances by a franchise player in recent NBA history last night in Game 6 against the Spurs. Harden had a meager 10 points, and was invisible for the entire game. Some are calling his playoff performance the worst by a star in playoff history. Was Harden hurt? Was he proving a point? Whatever it was, he quit, and it was bad.
In the NBA, there are 1’s and 2’s, and it has more to do with mentality over talent. Even though Harden will probably finish second in the MVP voting, he played like a 2 last night.
After losing by 39, Harden hit up a strip club in Houston to unwind. Video of his after party were posted on TMZ and quickly spread through the blogosphere this morning. Colin thinks it’s something a guy who doesn’t get “it” does. A star with a shred of self awareness wouldn’t be spotted making it rain in his hometown after getting bounced from the playoffs. Not a good look.
“Last night, James Harden quit.”
Mike D’Antoni needs new material
The Rockets got sandblasted by 39-points at home to get bounced from the playoffs, and it wasn’t ALL James Harden’s fault. Head coach Mike D’Antoni deserves some of the blame for getting circles coached around him by Gregg Popovich, without Kawhi Leonard.
Colin thought D’Antoni might have finally turned the corner after an impressive regular season, but after last night, it’s clear that his run-and-gun, defense optional style can never win big in the playoffs.
The difference between a comedy legend like Louis C.K. and a hack like Carrot Top is depth of material. The difference between D’Antoni and Gregg Popovich is Pop can beat you 100 different ways, D’Antoni only has one. He needs a second punch.
“The great ones have another gear.”
Sam Amick – USA Today NBA Insider joins the show to discuss Harden’s Game 6 meltdown; if Mike D’Antoni can ever win in the playoffs with his style; and why nothing can stop Cavs/Warriors III.
RJ Bell – Founder of Pregame.com joins the show to talk 2017 NFL over/unders; why Vegas thinks New England is head and shoulders above the rest of the NFL; and Steve Kerr’s potential Finals absence will have a minimal impact on betting lines.
Nick Wright – FS1 and host of the Make Me Smarter Football Podcast joins the show to discuss James Harden’s Game 6 disappearing act; what he thinks went wrong; and if he has a problem with Harden hitting up strip clubs after the game.
Chris Mannix – Senior Writer for Yahoo Sports! and The Vertical to attempt to explain what went wrong with James Harden last night; why he doesn’t think Harden has a problem with Mike D’Antoni; why Harden’s performance now defines him.