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Toughest Harden defender

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by bratna8, Mar 11, 2019.

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Harden stopper

  1. Marcus Smart

    13 vote(s)
    13.3%
  2. T.J. McConnell

    3 vote(s)
    3.1%
  3. Kawhi Leonard

    13 vote(s)
    13.3%
  4. Klay Thompson

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Andre Roberson

    46 vote(s)
    46.9%
  6. Danny Green

    8 vote(s)
    8.2%
  7. Other

    15 vote(s)
    15.3%
  1. bratna8

    bratna8 Member

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    Who do you guys think Harden struggles the most against?

    I think it's T.J. McConnell. I think his size and speed gives Harden problems.
     
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    Probably Roberson....but we haven't seen Roberson play against Harden in a long time....so that might not be the case anymore.

    As for T. J. McConnell...I think Harden was having more an off night coupled with not being 100%. Not saying size and speed wouldn't hinder Harden at all, but Harden's beasted and feasted against anyone and everyone this season especially.

    He needs to have some rest to get the legs for the Playoffs...and that is all.
     
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    It's been less pronounced as a Thunder with Roberson in on the action, but I think Paul George still has the best combination of length, quickness, and intelligence to make things difficult. Most stoppers that rely on raw physicality, like Smart and Roberson, Harden seems to eventually find a way around.

    With that said James is dropping 30-point games on the best defenders in the world every night. There's no magic bullet for him.
     
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    corey brewer
     
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    Scott Foster by a landslide
     
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    You nailed it.
     
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    Sorry, forgot to add PG on the list
     
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    Roberson but he hasn't been a concern for a while due to injures.

    Honorable mention to Andre Igoudala. Haven't looked at the numbers but I would bet that Harden's numbers when Iggy is the primary defender are pretty bad.

    When we play the Warriors I'm ok with Curry or Klay defending Harden, but when it's Iggy that's a completely different scenario. Iggy works over the refs like crazy, losing his **** and complaining about everything; eventually, refs let him get away with stuff. So that plus his great defensive ability plus his bball intelligence makes him a great defender on harden.
     
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    Wesley Matthews back in the Portland days, not even close.
     
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    It’s Andre Roberson and it’s not even close. I would like to see it now because it’s been a while since they played and MVP has got even more MVP.
     
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    Stephen Curry
     
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    Roberson but that was pre-injury so we'll see how it is when he gets back.
     
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    Also when I saw the list I immediately was like “ why the **** is TJ McConnell on this list”. Then noticed this is th whole point of this post.

    Derrick Rose says to k!ll yourself.
     
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    I think McConell's speed really gives Harden problems.

    Plus, McConnell picking up full court takes Harden and the Rockets out of their offensive sets. Harden usually defers to other players to bring the ball up when McConnell is defending him.
     
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    TJ Mc... who? LMAO you guys are funny. Its Brewer but Sewer generally sucks so it can go either way. Butler used to give Harden problems but he now plays him like he's either too scared or no longer cares.
     
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    His shot selection.
     
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    How can you not list refs on there? Get him in early foul trouble and you have stopped Harden.
     
  18. Will

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    One great thing about Harden: He enjoys watching how each defender guards him, and figuring out how to exploit it. To him, it's a puzzle.

    If you don't give him a real puzzle, he'll invent one. Like experimenting with how tight a window he can float a full-court pass into.
     
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    Harden is averaging 41 points in the last two games on George so it’s not him. Tj ? No didn’t Harden just school him and the 6ers a few games ago? The guy who bothers James is Roberson.Danny Green for a few years was troubling him but Harden has had his numbers this past year be it in SAN Antonio or in Toronto.
     
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    Prob Kawhi, but Kawhi rarely guards him anyway until the end of games usually.
     

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