Why Is The Internet Stupidly Blaming James Harden For Blowing Game 2?

05.22.15 2 years ago 14 Comments

*Lapses into Ahmad Rashad’s voice* Our main man Isaac decided to dub Jim Ross over James Harden’s curtain kerfuffle above, which brought back memories from Thursday night, and the truly magnificent performance of The Bearded One in Game 2.

After Harden lost the ball — and in turn, any chance of getting up a game-winner — on the game’s final possession, we turned to our dog and told his innocent, doggy face: “Let’s hope the media doesn’t muck this one up.”

For the most part they didn’t, but castigating Harden for one play was going to be impossible for some media outlets to avoid. To actually place the blame on Harden for the loss is insipid commentary at its most reactionary. Anyone who does, shouldn’t be allowed to watch the rest of these NBA Playoffs, and certainly not the Western Conference Finals. Reading any such tepid take deserves this well-known rebuttal:

“At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

Harden made the right decision to go for the win rather than call a timeout after Harrison Barnes missed a reverse with under 10 seconds to play; the Rockets held a four-on-three advantage going the other way, and that’s superior to any ATO call five-on-five. Plus, any Harden accusation ignores the first 47:50 of the game. Also, it’s just bad, misleading sportswriting headline writing.*

Harden played one of the greatest individual playoff games we’ve ever witnessed, and we’re older than most of you, so we can remember — in vivid detail — every single one of Michael Jordan’s playoff heroics. Yes, for the most part MJ comparisons should be treated as codified hyperbole, but Harden was just that good in Game 2.

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