James Harden’s Solo Act Not Cutting It for Rockets and Wednesday NBA Takeaways

March 16th, 2016 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

You have to wonder if James Harden gets tired of going it alone. And then you observe his style of play and notice the way it so often forces the rest of the Houston Rockets into the background, and you realize maybe Harden is fine with it.

He scored 33 points and handed out eight assists in Houston’s 122-106 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, tossing in eight turnovers in the process. The Rockets' next two top scorers (combined) didn't equal Harden's output, and only one, Michael Beasley, managed even half of his 23 field-goal attempts.

Chris Paul led the Clippers with 15 points and 16 assists, helping six of his teammates reach double figures. It was a study in contrast, one that showed just how different two ball-dominant superstars can be.

Because as Harden isolated and attacked multiple defenders in the lane, Paul looked for options like these:

There you go wondering again: What's to stop Harden and the Rockets from doing something similar with Dwight Howard? Harden is exceptionally talented, and he sees the floor well, which ...

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