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NL Rocket is offline Old 11-05-2012, 12:10 PM   #1
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Meaningless but still at #18
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Pace: 97.1 (9), Off: 98.4 (18), Def: 97.9 (11)
It didn't take long for James Harden to make us all regret our picks for the league's leading scorer. It didn't take long for Harden to cool off either. It's just a surprise that it came against the Blazers' defense, who held Harden to 8-for-24 on Saturday. Not so surprising is that the Rockets didn't have anybody who could pick up the slack. They need him to carry them every single night.
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ESPN: 16 -> Last Week: 21

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It seems a lot of the national media doesn't realize that Harden was dead-tired and playing on a hurt ankle for most of that game. Guess they didn't watch.

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"Held to 24 points" is my favorite.

24 PPG would have landed you in the top 10 of all scorers in the NBA last year...and we're dismissing it like it's nothing. If Harden were averaging only 24 ppg right now, I'd still be thrilled with the move.
 
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I'm no expert but why are the Hornets ranked 14th? Am i missing something?

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"Held to 24 points" is my favorite.

24 PPG would have landed you in the top 10 of all scorers in the NBA last year...and we're dismissing it like it's nothing. If Harden were averaging only 24 ppg right now, I'd still be thrilled with the move.
When you're blitzing through competiton with 40+ppg, getting only 24 pts on bad FG% pretty much "being held to". Of course, it was not entirely due to the Blazers/Matthews' defense but fatigue also "held" Harden to 24 pts on 33% FG.
 
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16-18 sounds about right.
 
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When you're blitzing through competiton with 40+ppg, getting only 24 pts on bad FG% pretty much "being held to". Of course, it was not entirely due to the Blazers/Matthews' defense but fatigue also "held" Harden to 24 pts on 33% FG.
yeah...i don't think any of us expected him to continue averaging 40 ppg though. that's kind of my point. he's held to 24, and 24 in itself isn't awful. granted, he didn't have a good game on 8-24 shooting, to be sure. i just think it's funny because i heard the words "held to" and "contained" to describe what the Blazers did to Harden...and if that's truly the case, this guy is an MVP waiting to happen.
 
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I'm not surprised they project us to be the best of the non-playoff teams - again.
 
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I'm no expert but why are the Hornets ranked 14th? Am i missing something?
they are winning despite missing key players.

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Knicks ranked #2, lose all credibility.
 
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Knicks ranked #2, lose all credibility.
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Guess they didn't watch.
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We're moving up multiple spots in the first week... and not 1 or 2 spots, but 3 and 5 spots. Those are HUGE moves considering Harden got here only TWO days before the pre-season.

And before the Harden trade we were being slotted in the 25-28 spots.

It should only get better from here.
 
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These rankings are going to look wayyy difference at the end of the season.
 
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Both the Bobcats and the Cavs are ahead of the Suns

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I agree that we need more consistent scoring options than Harden if we're going to have shot at a winning record. Otherwise, it will be a long season and the pro-tankers will come out of hiding.

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Expect Harden to be in the 25 ppg range this season.

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Expect Harden to be in the 25 ppg range this season.

yes thank you.
I think he will end up somewhere between 24 and 28ppg.
 
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I expect him to average 31.7 ppg this season...my expectations are very high since we all know what hes capable of..
 

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