James Harden played so poorly in Game 6, Stephen A. Smith believes it was a deliberate attempt to make Doc Rivers look bad.
James Harden believes he doesn’t want Doc Rivers as head coach
Smith weighed in with his comments:
“James Harden was so, so terrible last night. It was almost intentional.”
After taking just two shots in the second half of the game and missing both, Harden’s performance turned out to be remarkable.
After being traded to the 76ers, many considered his duo with Embiid to be the caliber of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.
With James Harden’s scoring ability coupled with his footballing IQ, there’s little reason why he could have gone a goalless second half in the most important game of his season. hitherto. Stephen A. Smith believes Harden’s lack of effort is intentional.
“We’re talking about a guy who’s been averaging over 30 for three years in a row, averaging at least 29 for five years in a row, I mean six or nine years, averaging at least 27 points per game.
“This is one of the top scorers in the game. … How do you go from there to not making but two shots in the second half of a closed game?”
After pointing out the history of Harden’s amazing goal-scoring ability, Stephen A. Smith added weight to his theory with a question:
“You know what scorer in NBA history couldn’t score more than two shots in a playoff game that closed in the second half? He played 22 minutes 52 seconds”.
Smith made a good point. There’s no reason why James Harden can’t hit at least two shots in half, regardless of space or coverage.
How did “one of the top scorers” completely shut down the year he made the jump into Philly for the playoffs?
One would think that after leaving Brooklyn to join Joel Embiid in his quest for the title, James Harden would show a bit more tenacity in the final minutes of the entire series. With that being said, Smith’s argument carries weight.
It is important to note that Smith did not address the fact that James Harden did not want Doc Rivers to be his coach. The analyst is merely outlining what Harden’s play makes him think about personally.
“After the game, [James Harden is] asked about Doc Rivers and he was not available for comment. I don’t think he wants Doc Rivers as a coach. ”
Ignoring your coach’s comment can make a lot of sense. Smith jumping right into it means Harden doesn’t like Rivers, possibly a stretch. But when we look back at James’ clutch shots throughout his career, the question of why he only took two shots in the whole half still lingers.
After Philadelphia started rocking in their first series against Toronto, it looked like the Raptors would be back.
As a result, Doc Rivers caught most of the flack as all of his previous big losses in the knockout stages began again. Since then, the history of Rivers in Philadelphia remains questionable from the public’s point of view.
With the 76ers knocked out of the playoffs in such disappointing fashion, James may just find it salty not to get the final he so desires this season.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/james-harden-bad-horrible-last-night-almost-looked-intentional-stephen-a-smith-throws-shade-james-harden-believes-doesn-t-want-doc-rivers-coach?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “James Harden was so bad, so horrible last night, it almost looked intentional”