After the big trade in October, there was plenty of hype surrounding Wednesday’s matchup between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder as last year’s Sixth Man of the Year winner James Harden would be facing his former team for the first time. Unfortunately, it looked like Harden let all of the hype get to his head as he struggled throughout the entire game as the Rockets fell 120-98 for their eighth loss of the season.
Not only did Harden shoot just 3 of 16 from the field, but he missed his first nine shots of the game and was blocked six times by his former teammates. For a player that had a chip on his shoulder heading into Wednesday with a lot to prove, this type of performance by Harden was nothing short of embarrassing.
Harden has been phenomenal for the Rockets this year as he’s averaging over 38 minutes and 25 points per game as he’s taking every advantage possible of being in the starting lineup, but his performance against the Thunder made it seem like the organization made the right decision to part ways with their former superstar instead of giving him a long-term deal.
If anything, Oklahoma City proved they’re doing just fine without their former sixth man and still have what it takes to be one of the top teams in the Western Conference as they look to earn a spot in the NBA Finals once again for the second-straight season.
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