James Harden is one of the best offensive players in the NBA. His defensive effort is also offensive.
Harden, who is known to conserve energy instead of guarding anyone, topped himself Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors. With the Rockets holding a two-point lead in the final minutes, Harden allowed DeMar DeRozen to drive by for a point-blank attempt.
To be fair, it wasn’t Harden’s man. Perhaps he was trying to teach his teammates a lesson about self-reliance.
Whatever the motivation, no one should be too surprised at this “effort.”