Tag Archives: James Harden

Harden Answers: Rockets 128 Warriors 115

Whew. It was great just to see Steph get to his feet, let alone return to the game, after that Jerry McGuire moment. Although I’m not a fan of the decision to let him return. Doctors are not infallible, the game was totally meaningless and the deficit already big. I would have liked to see Warriors management step up like adults in this situation. It reminded me a bit of Mike Shanahan destroying RGIII’s career, although the injuries of course are not at all similar.

It seems kinda pointless to analyze a game like this, a give-away game in which the give-away was interrupted by a frightening injury to the MVP, but Houston made quite a few interesting adjustments in this game that I’d like to mention: Continue reading

The Stephen Curry Problem: Warriors 115 Rockets 80

Ron Adams just ended the Rockets with a killer mid-series defensive adjustment. Just as he did to the Grizzlies. Continue reading

Warriors v Rockets: 2015 Western Conference Finals Preview

Earlier this year, I dismissed the Rockets’ title hopes. But the Rockets team I wrote about then is literally nothing like the current Rockets team. Here are five radical ways in which the Rockets have changed from the team that the Warriors dominated in the regular season, and what it means for this playoff series:   Continue reading

Stephen Curry MVP: The Clincher

By now, everyone interested has heard all of the arguments for and against Stephen Curry and James Harden in the MVP discussion. I don’t intend to rehash all of that. I just want to tell you the precise moment in the season when it became crystal clear to me who is the real MVP of the league.       Continue reading

Contender Down: Warriors 131 Rockets 106

Wow. That was as brutal a dismantling of a team’s playoff hopes and aspirations as I’ve ever witnessed. I thought the Rocket’s might be a contender before the season started, but no longer. Some things have changed, and some things I simply got wrong.  Continue reading

Rockets 116 Warriors 112: I See You

It’s pretty clear to me that given the superlative performance of their big men, the Warriors would have won this game against the Rockets pretty handily if they’d had Andre Iguodala. The Warriors were bedeviled in two areas last night: their perimeter defense, and Curry being unable to free himself from the predatory Patrick Beverly. Iggy would have made a major difference in both areas. Continue reading

Bogut Lives: Warriors 108 Rockets 78

Wow, what an incredible win by the Warriors against a Rockets team that I had all but decided they could never beat. I was so amazed that as soon as the game was over, I rewound the tape and watched the whole thing again.

This is what I believe happened: Quite obviously, this was Bogut’s best game of the season. But not so obviously, the Warriors coaches made a major adjustment on offense that was hugely effective in integrating Bogut with this Warriors team. And then there was Klay Thompson’s superb game going head to head with James Harden.  Continue reading

A Season on the Brink: Rockets 116 Warriors 107

I agree with Jim Barnett that the Houston Rockets are “a better basketball team” than the Golden State Warriors. I don’t know how you could come to a different conclusion if you watched their last two games, a 31 point blowout in the Rockets gym, and then this, a decisive 9 point margin on the Warriors home floor, with James Harden barely able to contribute in the second half after badly spraining his ankle.         Continue reading