Houston Rocket’s James Harden is arguably the best shooting guard in the game today and for good reason.
He is an offensive nightmare with his ability to score from wherever he pleases, can create for his teammates as illustrated by his 6.1 assists this season, and has the ball handling skills and veteran savvy to boot
However for all that he does offensively, his defense is nothing to brag about.
Just look at the video above.
The thing that sticks out the most is the lack of concentration on that end of the court as he often loses track of his man, resulting in wide open shots or easy lay-ups.
Either that or he simply takes a swipe at the ball when players attack him of the dribble, instead of moving his feet and trying to stay in front of his man.
During the regular season he was able to get away with it somewhat as he racked up 1.6 steals per game.
In the Playoffs though, it’s been a huge hindrance because the Portland Trail Blazers have attacked him. Wesley Mathews for instance has had quite a bit of success against him, especially in Game 1 of the first round match up when he finished with 18 points.
Now the Rockets are trailing 2-0 in the series and the defense has been a huge factor with Portland averaging 109 points during regulation, through the first two games.
If he were putting forth the effort and failing, it would be understandable, but he simply doesn’t seem all that bothered about that side of the court which will irk his teammates and cost Houston a shot at the NBA title.
After all, defense wins championships.
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