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Monday, June 24, 2019

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Clippers announcer rips James Harden’s ‘cheating’ style

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There is no NBA player whose style of play is more polarizing than James Harden’s. Many people do not like his style of iso ball, the way he constantly draws fouls, and how he shuffles his feat on his stepback. One announcer seemed to take thing further than most criticism, saying Harden’s style is like “cheating.”

During the Los Angeles Clippers’ home loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, Clippers TV analyst Don MacLean compared Harden’s style to almost cheating the game and said that it wasn’t basketball.

Harden had 31 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the game. He’s bumped up his scoring averages in six straight seasons and is averaging a career-best 36.3 points per game. Many people just don’t like watching the way he plays, though a good deal seem to be impressed by it.

One All-Star recently talked about what makes Harden so difficult to guard, and never one did he suggest it was due to improper style.

Watch: James Harden works out in gym after 61-point game

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How did James Harden celebrate his 61-point game on Friday night? By putting in more work.

Harden shared a video on Instagram after leading the Houston Rockets to a 111-105 win over the San Antonio Spurs that showed him working out. He was doing weight work and other exercises to work on his balance.

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The Rockets have won 13 of their last 15 games, with Harden scoring at least 57 points in three of those contests. He’s now averaging an unreal 36.5 points per game and making it very difficult to go against him in MVP talks.

Jimmy Butler explains how hard it is to guard James Harden

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Even the NBA’s best defenders have issues dealing with James Harden, and one of those defenders explained why the Houston Rockets star is so hard to guard.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler, regarded as an excellent perimeter defender, said Harden has a way of finding an opening no matter what a defender does.

All the proof of this is in Harden’s remarkable recent scoring streak. It’s been criticized by some, but this is a good rebuttal, and the fact that he still does it even when everyone knows it’s coming is indicative of how tough he is to slow down.

James Harden briefly exits Rockets game with wrist injury

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James Harden briefly exited the Houston Rockets’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday with a wrist injury.

Harden had driven to the basket and went up for a layup. He used his right hand to brace his fall and grabbed it immediately.

Harden then went into the locker room accompanied by the team’s trainer.

Harden’s right wrist previously was bothering him, so this is not a new issue.

Whatever issue Harden had was resolved quickly because he emerged from the locker room a few minutes later and re-entered the game. He finished the half with 20 points.

James Harden reportedly game-time decision Saturday with neck issue

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James Harden will be a game-time decision for Saturday’s primetime tilt against the Golden State Warriors.

According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Harden, who is dealing with a cervical strain, did not participate in the morning walkthrough and will be assessed just before the game tips off.

Harden missing out against the Warriors would be disappointing, as things were pretty dramatic last time he faced them. The good news is that this doesn’t sound like a serious injury for the Rockets’ guard, and hopefully if he misses time, it’s only the one game.

James Harden questionable for Saturday’s game with neck strain

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James Harden is dealing with a strained neck.

Harden has been listed as questionable for the Houston Rockets’ primetime Saturday night game against the Golden State Warriors on ABC due to his injury, termed a cervical strain.

Harden dealt with a shoulder injury prior to All-Star Weekend and seems to be suffering some wear and tear. He’s been averaging 37.4 minutes per game and his 24.4 shots per game are a career-high.

The NBA likes receiving notice about an injury a player is dealing with especially ahead of high-profile matchups on national TV. Harden has missed three games this season, all of which came earlier within the first few weeks of the season.

Houston is 33-25 on the year.

James Harden: Scott Foster should not be allowed to referee Rockets games

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James Harden was among the Houston Rockets who were frustrated with referee Scott Foster following the team’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, and he made an extreme suggestion afterwards.

Harden was called for two offensive fouls in the final three minutes of the game and fouled out for the first time all season and just the seventh time in his career. The calls took away Houston’s best player and resulted in two turnovers during a close part of the game.

After the loss, Harden called Foster “rude” and “arrogant” and said he probably shouldn’t be allowed to officiate Rockets games because of a personal issue with the team.

Chris Paul says he has met with the league about Foster in the past and doesn’t know what else to do.

Paul had an issue with Foster last year as well.

In a 2016 survey conducted by the Los Angeles Times, players and coaches named Foster the worst referee in the league — by a significant margin.