James Harden has the chance to exorcise his demons in these NBA playoffs, however a number of ESPN analysts don’t appear to imagine that may occur.
Of their protection of the play-in event Wednesday night time, Jalen Rose and Mike Greenberg fashioned a vicious tag-team on the Sixers guard.
“His stats gotta look extra like his MVP days in Houston, once they had been supersized. Now they form of seem like live performance tour dates,” Rose stated.
“4-15, 4-10, 4-13, 3-12. He on tour!”
At that time, Greeny quipped, “He’s touring with Lil Child on his live performance tour.”
Harden is famously pals with the rapper. The pair partied with Travis Scott, one other rapper, final month after the Sixers got blown out at home by the Nets — whom Harden compelled a commerce from earlier this season — in a recreation the place Harden shot 3-17 from the sector.
On “First Take” on Thursday, Tim Legler eviscerated Harden for saying he doesn’t really feel any strain and has nothing to show forward of those playoffs.
Legler imagined sports activities discuss radio listeners screeching off the highway once they heard these remarks.
“He’s gotta be alone along with his personal ideas, and there’s no query in my thoughts that he’s feeling [the pressure],” Legler stated. “And, by the best way, he’s going to really feel it in a degree of accountability and scrutiny like he has by no means skilled if he comes up small on this sequence [against the Celtics].”
Legler disputed the notion that Harden, who was traded from the Nets to the 76ers on the deadline, can be high quality as a result of he’ll make some huge cash in his subsequent contract no matter how he performs within the postseason, saying that’s not how the good ones assume.
“Rise up there and say, ‘I do know there’s strain on me and I’m going to ship,’” Legler stated.