He’s obviously not the only one, but James Harden totally missed Game 7 in Boston. The numbers are scathing since the Sixers playmaker finished with 9 points at 3/11 in shooting and 5 lost balls in 41 minutes, having achieved most of his performance before the break and the tumble of the third quarter. .
Another failed performance in this series for the former Houston, who had already been very disappointing in the three previous defeats of Philadelphia. But from the end of the meeting, Doc Rivers wanted to defend James Harden.
“He came to play, really”explains the coach of the Sixers at NBC Sports. “He tried to read the situations, he attacked the circle a lot. He made the right decisions when it came to passing, and we didn’t do anything afterwards. James Harden tried to get it right. I really think so. »
The player, he did not pour out. “I am very, very disappointed, very frustrated”did he simply slip for Sixers Wire.
With two matches over 40 points against the Celtics, for two wins over Philadelphia, James Harden showed that he could still dominate when he was aggressive. But does he still have the legs to do it every other day? Why didn’t he manage to be aggressive and dominating during the whole series?
“He was asked to play a little differently from what he was used to”recalls Doc Rivers, speaking of the best passer in the league this season. “I think it makes the team better but unfortunately sometimes it’s not ideal for him. Nevertheless, he did it and, for a manager, it is always appreciable. Overall I think he’s been happy here and he has a decision to make this summer. »
The Harden – Embiid duo must finish the job
This decision is whether or not to activate the last year of his contract at 35.6 million dollars, therefore to be free or not this summer. “I haven’t thought of that yet”already answers James Harden. “I just want an opportunity to fight for the title. »
For Joel Embiid, the former top scorer in the league must stay in Philadelphia, and not give in, for example, to the sirens of Houston. The 2023 MVP believes the Sixers’ potential is big enough to bring the trophy back to Pennsylvania.
“We haven’t finished the job, we haven’t won anything and I think we have our chances”assures the Cameroonian. “I know Harden has an option for next season or it can be extended by the franchise, it’s up to them to find a solution. I stay out of it, but I think he and I have our chances of winning the title. »
Does James Harden agree with his teammates’ comments? ” Certainly. We had a pretty solid team. We are always looking to improve. We’ll see how things evolve. »
|2020-21 *||All Teams||44||37||46.6||36.2||86.1||0.8||7.1||7.9||10.8||2.3||1.2||4.0||0.8||24.6|
|2021-22 *||All Teams||65||37||41.0||33.0||87.7||0.9||6.9||7.7||10.3||2.4||1.3||4.4||0.6||22.0|
How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Shots made / Shots attempted; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def= defensive rebound; Tot = Total bounces; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost bullets; Ct: Counters; Points = Points.