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Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Based on analytical projections, Russell has been compared to accomplished NBA players, including MVP runner-up James Harden. Among players drafted in the last 10 years, SPM sees Russell as having a similar floor/ceiling coming out of college as Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, Jrue Holiday and Raymond Felton. As much as analytics love Russell, it is also important to recognize that SPM predicts a high probability of him being a bust. Among SPM’s top 25 projected players, Russell has the highest bust likelihood, at 40.9 percent.
The lure of Russell is that he would be a perimeter threat to go with Randle’s inside presence, beyond the other obvious lure: Russell has the chance to be a dynamic offensive weapon, with the scoring range of a shooting guard and “elite” passing skills, in the view of one general manager, of a point guard. The package, plus the common thread as left-handers, has drawn comparisons to James Harden. “Not as big, but that ease of the game that (Harden) has,” the GM said. “The ability to pass. He makes the game look pretty easy.” The Lakers will be making a judgment on Randle from the 2014 Draft as well as the prospects from 2015, a consideration that may also include Emmanuel Mudiay as a distributing point guard with size and athleticism. There is no clear answer.
Yet, when Rockets general manager Daryl Morey puts together his shopping list, Harden had a suggestion. He said he “definitely” would like to see the Rockets add another playmaker to take some of that responsibility out of his hands. “That’s one of the conversations me and Daryl are going to have (and) the coaches,” Harden said. “That’s one of the pieces to add, but that’s later conversations. We’ll be all right. We’re very confident in the group we have. This summer we have to work hard and be ready for next year.”
The only history Harden made was an all-time playoff record 13 turnovers. “Unacceptable,” Harden said.
In the biggest game of the season, the game that needed to be won to keep hope alive, James Harden failed his team. He shot 2-for-11 from the floor, finishing with 14 points and committed an NBA playoff-record 13 turnovers as the Houston Rockets’ season ended with a 104-90 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday night.
“Most teams can’t come back from being down 3-1, but we did,” Harden said. “We have to continue to fight — to go out there and play Rockets basketball. It’s win or go home. We understand that.” For the Rockets, the key is going to be playing with more energy, Harden said. The Rockets lost Game 3 at Toyota Center 115-80 on Saturday night. “Our energy was low,” he said. “We couldn’t get a rhythm. They got it going. Once they got it going, it’s hard to come back being down 20- 25 points. We can’t get in a hole like that against a team this good.”
Lil B is pissed because he thinks Harden keeps jacking his “cooking dance” when he celebrates draining a big shot. Harden has been doing it all season, but Lil B says he’s watching the Western Conference Finals — and if Harden does it again … it’s gonna be curses. Lil B tells TMZ Sports, “If Harden doesn’t tell what he is doing, which is the Lil B cooking dance, he will be cursed. He needs to stop stealing Lil B swag without showing love.”
“Sometimes I want to crack open a beer and get a courtside seat,” Warriors center Andrew Bogut said of the Curry-Harden fireworks. “Because these two guys, they’re the two best basketball players in the world. “Steph knocks down a big shot and then we’ve got to come down and try to stop James, and he knocks down a big shot. … A lot of times I get caught watching, going crazy with the shots that he makes. “It’s an honor to be his teammate.”
As has been the case all season long, this cook-off – as the MVP-based battle between Harden and Curry has been deemed – simply isn’t fair. These two top chefs are working with a different set of ingredients. “It’s tough,” Harden said. “You know, just how hard we fought both these games. Still, we’re giving up small things, too many easy lay‑ups, too many easy threes that we’re having to climb back. This is a really good team that we’re playing, and so when you give them those buckets and you’re trying to fight back and you put yourself in a situation to win, you look back at those plays early in the game, and you kind of want them back.”
Harden fell to the floor and put his hands over his head as the Warriors celebrated on the court, the sellout crowd of 19,596 roared, and golden-yellow confetti fell from the rafters. “Kicking chairs,” Harden said. “It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating to give the game away like that.” Harden had 38 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Dwight Howard overcame a sprained left knee that slowed him down to finish with 19 points and 17 rebounds for a Rockets team headed home in a major hole.
The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James headline the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team, the NBA announced today. Curry, the 2014-15 Kia NBA MVP, and James received First Team votes on all 129 ballots. This marks the first All-NBA First Team selection for Curry and the ninth in 12 seasons for James, who tied Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson for the third most all time. Joining Curry and James on the First Team are James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies. Harden, who garnered 125 First Team votes, makes his second straight appearance on the First Team. Davis (119 First Team votes) and Gasol (68 First Team votes) earned First Team honors for the first time.
Calvin Watkins: From Rockets PR: Harden’s streak of 14 straight postseason games with 20+ points is longest since Olajuwon did it 17 straight games in 1996
And once again we have another case of rejection. If you watch closely, you can see Harden borrowing the pen from a kid holding a jersey. He uses it to sign his shoe and then gives it to another kid while the pen owner tried to accept the signed shoe.
Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said his team has a good chance to beat the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals, which starts Tuesday in Oakland. “They had the most wins in the league,” Alexander said after Sunday’s series-clinching victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. “A great shooting team, but we have a competitive fire and a competitive spirit. We have two superstars [Dwight Howard and James Harden]. We play really good defense. We hit the boards. We got a good chance.”
“I don’t think we all came together just to get to the Western Conference finals,” Dwight Howard said. “All of us are in pursuit of that ring. We’re happy, but none of us are satisfied. We just have that focus about us, and we want to win. It’s not going to be easy, and we don’t want it to be. We want to fight for it — for what we think is ours.” James Harden scored 31 points, Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the Rockets never trailed in a 113-100 victory over the Clippers on Sunday to punch their ticket to the conference finals. It’s the ninth time in NBA history that a team has overcome a 3-1 series deficit to win a playoff series.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden is still dealing with the effects of the flu but is feeling better, according to sources, and is expected to play in Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night. The Clippers lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. “He looked OK,” coach Kevin McHale told reporters on Wednesday. “He had a little bit of a cough. We just had a meeting and watched some film. We didn’t do anything. He looked OK.”
“He wasn’t feeling well all day,” coach Kevin McHale said. “He wasn’t feeling well at shootaround. He had a triple-double tonight and he had a hell of a game. He had an IV this afternoon and he played a great game for us and we needed it.”
Harden needed everything he could get to play because he was suffering from the flu and needed an IV the morning of the game. “I was alright,” Harden said softly, who wouldn’t disclose what his temperature was. “We won, so that’s all that matters.”