James Harden On Slump: I’m ‘Just Missing Shots,’ But We’re Winning
As the Rockets approach a single win away from a Western Conference champions, the likely MVP James Harden is not having his historic shooting spree that he typically does
The Rockets took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win within the Golden State Warriors at Game 5 on Thursday even though Harden’s setting a NBA playoff record for how many 3-point efforts with he has missed.
Harden stated he wasn’t worried about the slump since they were winning.
Going back into Game 4, Harden has missed his previous 20 3-point efforts, and the worst drought of his career. He said he does not feel like anything is off automatically with his shot, just yet.
James Harden has missed 20 straight 3-pointers, the longest streak of his career (reg season or playoffs).
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 25, 2018
“I am simply missing shots. But we are winning, and I am attempting to compete on the defensive end and also do anything else to help my team win. However, if we have got a man like Eric Gordon producing shots and being competitive, who cares?”
His step-back 3 has emerged among the league’s most deadly weapons, providing Harden a go-to countermove if defenders play with him to push.
Harden was 5-of-9 out of 3-point variety during his 41-point functionality from the Rockets’ Game 1 loss to the Warriors. Ever since that time, he’s made just 8 of 44 3-point efforts, but Houston trainer Mike D’Antoni desires Harden to continue to take those shots.
“Boy, he is due, correct?” D’Antoni explained. “Next game that he would make 10 straight? The thermostat will go away.”
The Rockets have broken up the NBA record for 3s made and attempted in the previous two seasons because D’Antoni had been hired in Houston. D’Antoni stated he considers a secret to beating the Warriors is starting at 40 3s, and he consistently gives Harden a green light, joking that he would reconsider if Harden overlooks 100 in a row. The majority of Harden’s misses happen to be contested, but these are the sort of shots he took all season.
“It is only the shots [are] not decreasing, and lots of it has to do with just how hard everyone is acting,” D’Antoni explained. “Likely his legs are not the freshest items on the planet. But he is invaluable to the offense and defense.”