Houston lost to Utah in overtime on Tuesday night. James Harden had 42 points on 30 shots. Presumably, Harden decided to take a lot of shots after this play early in the first quarter. Harden came around a Dwight Howard screen and then threw the ball up to a cutting Howard. Dwight did not jump as he assumed Harden was just going to shoot. The ball smashed off the backboard and Harden and Howard both threw up their arms.
It was a pretty simple miscommunication very early in a game. Still, it works as a microcosm of the Rockets’ disappointing season. Houston is headed for the worst finish of the Harden era and the Rockets are currently outside the playoffs, trailing the Jazz. Utah leads the season series, 2-1, with one game left between the teams.