During the first quarter of Game 4 in the Western Conference Finals between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors, James Harden uncharacteristically passed up a wide-open three.
Not only did he pass it up, but he had time to pass up the shot about a half-dozen times before passing the ball to a teammate. In the end, the Rockets couldn’t score on that possession.
Harden passed up wide-open 3. Rockets backed it out, ran clock down, missed another. Durant follows with back down in paint for easy 2. 16-7 team already up 2-1.
— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) May 23, 2018
Here’s a look at the play.
Being that Houston is down 2-1 in this series, and that the Rockets were getting torched at this point in the game, it was very strange that Harden didn’t shoot this shot.
Not surprisingly, Twitter had some things to say about it all.
That Harden pass is going to be hard for him to shake. Yikes.
— Stephen “Stay Home” Cohen (@scohenSEA) May 23, 2018
Harden is straight shook.
— Joe Fortenbaugh (@JoeFortenbaugh) May 23, 2018
James Harden point shaving
— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) May 23, 2018
"I dare you," Dray, probably. pic.twitter.com/t8LyQjsYqj
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) May 23, 2018
why did Harden stare at a wide-open three like he'd never seen a basketball hoop before
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) May 23, 2018