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So did he quit or is he a mental midget? Not even Tmac would've went out like that.
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The narrative continues. Hardens postseason woes and MDA can't beat Pop.

Good season, but you can't go out like that. Straight up seemed checked out and ready to turn up with TScott. No effort, no urgency, no nothing.
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It was idiotic to have harden guard Pau and LMA the entire game. Why not stick with same starting lineup and give Trez Nene's minutes.
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It was idiotic to have harden guard Pau and LMA the entire game. Why not stick with same starting lineup and give Trez Nene's minutes.

Hindsight is 20/20. People were clamoring for James yo guard LMA or a shooting big since he plays such great post defense.

But realistically it's okay in spurts but MDA did not adjust at all.
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Avid Harden supporter, but these performances in closeout games are just unacceptable.  I thought the 12 TO game was bad, this just tops it.  No effort was given from him at all tonight and I don't want to accuse him of doing this on purpose, but man...

Hopefully next season.  Team has weaknesses, mainly a upgrade at C and a 2nd scorer that can show up when Harden plays like this.  We had the roster to make noise this postseason.

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Stop stealing my hot takes Peep nerd.giflaugh.gif

I was just making a guess laugh.gif there's no way he wasn't. Either that, or multiple AM crunch wraps in between the end of game 5 and 6
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It was idiotic to have harden guard Pau and LMA the entire game. Why not stick with same starting lineup and give Trez Nene's minutes.

Hindsight is 20/20. People were clamoring for James to guard LMA or a shooting big since he plays such great post defense.

But realistically it's okay in spurts but MDA did not adjust at all.

Yea harden on either LMA or Pau in spurts is cool, but for a whole game, nah, you get the results just as we did. That's what is even more frustrating that you have a big PF in Harrell that could have been put up against either one, yet Harrell got 3 garbage time minutes. Meanwhile, Pop gave Murray, KYLE ANDERSON, and David Lee in 2017 a chunk of minutes to contribute. Harden played like he was ready for vacation already, and MDA coached that same way.

Also, can't post them right now, but the +/- is brutal. Bev and Anderson both had -30, Harden -28, and Ariza & Capela with -24 and -28, even though those are the only 2 to really show up. And to add even more insult, Dekker was in a walking boot due to spraining his ankle on the last play. Such a miserable pathetic ending to this season.
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http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19364260/zach-lowe-san-antonio-spurs-vs-houston-rockets-nba

A good write-up on how the Rockets were thoroughly dismantled, but I'm gonna post one of the standout things below:

It's fair to criticize D'Antoni for using only seven players in Game 5 with Nene injured. Houston gassed out in a game that was there to take. It's fitting the Spurs humiliated Houston, in Houston, with Dejounte Murray, Jonathon Simmons, and Kyle Anderson getting huge minutes -- even if Popovich played them that much only out of necessity.

All three guys played significant minutes in the regular season, even while spending chunks of it outside Popovich's rotation. Murray started a high-profile game in Cleveland, and played quite well. Thursday night is why you do that in January and February. Your rotation will not be intact for the full playoffs. You will need guys to step up. It will be helpful if they have already played a bit in the regular season.

That is why D'Antoni's refusal to play Montrezl Harrell (and, to a lesser extent given his late-season injury, Dekker) in Nene's absence was so strange. What was the point of the 1,064 minutes Harrell logged in the regular season, if not to use him in a postseason circumstance in which you literally have no other options beyond playing seven guys past their breaking points?
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Here's an entire list of upcoming FAs, player options included. Have fun laugh.gif
http://hoopshype.com/2017/04/26/nba-free-agency-2017-the-top-players/
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I'm hoping for a backup 3/4 or someone to replace Ariza.

Either Ryno has to learn to shoot at home or they gotta move him
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I'm hoping for a backup 3/4 or someone to replace Ariza.

Either Ryno has to learn to shoot at home or they gotta move him

We talk about teh minutes Harden has played, but Ariza seems to have played even more than him. He's an ironman no doubt, but even defenders need relief. he was looking tired as hell at points during the season as well
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I see they gave JH 100/100 first team all nba votes (only player. RWB has 99/100 laugh.gif) as consolation for this MVP he's about to lose
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I see they gave JH 100/100 first team all nba votes (only player. RWB has 99/100 laugh.gif) as consolation for this MVP he's about to lose

That, plus making up for screwing him over last year leaving him off the All-NBA team
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Someone from the Bay Area had to vote Steph 1st team as backlash for all the KD shade that OKC has thrown. laugh.gif
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