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Celtics score 6 points on 3-12 FG with James Harden as primary defender

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by HoustonTexas, Mar 1, 2020.

  1. HoustonTexas

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    Yes, Harden made poor decisions in the final few minutes of regulation. But let's give him credit for coming through huge on the defensive end forcing the Celtics players to go 25% from the field against him. We don't make the comeback after being down in the first half if it wasn't for our defense.

    Harden vs Celtics
    6 Points allowed as primary defender
    3-12 FG against Harden as primary defender
    98.8 Defensive Rating
    .314 defensive win share (highest on the Rockets)
    3 Steals

    He also had that huge steal against Marcus Smart with 30 seconds left in OT

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    It’s obvious his defensive awareness in and out of the paint has picked up. There were plays that Tatum couldn’t shake him on the perimeter. Looked visibly frustrated
     
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    Seems to me like Harden is someone who often matches the team's defensive focus. When the team is dialed-in and playing hard on that end, he's often excellent. When the team is playing lackadaisically, he plays just as sloppy (especially on the perimeter). But James Harden's BBALLIQ is so high that as long as he's even somewhat engaged, he's going to be a positive on that end, and not just in the post.

    This is a strong, long, smart dude. People outside of the Rockets don't seem to pay enough attention to how Harden's been defending the opposing stars in the last couple of games.
     
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    Yes, we can praise his defense and critique his offense at the same time. He almost lost us the game, but in the end did enough to win us the game.
     
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    Harden definitely has stepped up on defensive effort for the past couple of weeks and not just in post defense. He's actually moving his feet on switches. I feel as if Westbrook is releasing a lot of the pressure that Harden had before
     
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    Another boring win
     
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    A fun part is that whenever Harden makes a good defensive play, the national/opposing commentators say 'oh..good defense there by...James Harden(?!?!?!)'

    The guy led the league in total steals last year. The Rockets have had high end defenses for years now (18 and 2H of 19 and now).

    It's not 2014 with Harden and Lin out there anymore and MAGAHale as the coach and Vine is not really a thing now, dudes
     
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    To be fair a lot of players who had high steal numbers are not considered good defenders. No one considered AI a above average defender and he lead the league in steals multiple times.
     
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  11. HoustonTexas

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    Link to the full matchup box score of Harden's defense: https://on.nba.com/38ezcmT

    vs Harden
    Gordon Hayward 0-1
    Jayson Tatum 0-4
    Jaylen Brown 2-5 (1 Tov)
    Marcus Smart 1-2 (2 Tov)
     
  12. D-rock

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    Did enough???

    He WON us the game, at both ends of court in final seconds.

    Definition of CLUTCH.
     
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    Harden locked it down last night.
     
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    If we can just get harden to play average defense, I think we will be championship contenders

    we don’t have the luxury of Capela hedging to save harden so need him to man up and play tough d

    glad to see that he had a good defensive game against Boston. Keep them coming!!!!
     
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    Harden is playing elite post defense - for YEARS now.

    And his disruptions are always top ten, top 5 for a guard.

    This season he has also improved his perimeter defense when Rockets rededicated themselves to the switch everything and tag defense.

    We never should have abandoned Bzdelik's system to begin with.
     
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    defensive stats are often very misleading

    when a player gets steals, sometimes it doesn’t mean they are good defenders but play wrecklessly

    Players even during all star game attack harden as the weak link on d

    with our high octane offense, no stopping us if harden steps up and plays some solid d
     
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    This would be 'a' year to won't it all if there weren't outside factors.
     
  18. D-rock

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    So if not stats, then what do you use to support your BS claim that James needs to improve his D to "solid"?
     
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    yup. I worry the refs will favor the fakers give. the unfortunate Kobe situation

    I think we have a winning system. Just need our team to continue to play their roles and not have all these ISO’s come playoff time.
     
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    stats meaning steals and blocks

    players can gamble for steals and blocks all day and have a nice stat sheet but still get abused on d
     

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