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April 19, 2015 Updates

James Harden loves games like the one Houston had Saturday night. He had 24 points to lead the team in scoring as he usually does. But six other Rockets also scored in double figures in a 118-108 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of their Western Conference series. "That's means everybody's touching the basketball, everybody's getting involved and they can't only just stop one person," Harden said. "They put two on the ball, me I make the pocket pass. I made the easy play and had confidence in my teammates to make the next one." USA Today Sports

April 18, 2015 Updates

Conveniently, Cuban believes that Houston, his team’s first-round opponent in this season’s playoffs, is one of the most one-dimensional teams in the playoffs. “[The biggest difference is] practice time. There’s no more predictable team than the Rockets. You know exactly what they’re gonna do,” he says. “But James Harden is so good. That’s what analytics have begot. Right? Predictability. If you know what the percentages are, in the playoffs, you have time to counter them. Whether you’re good enough to do it is another question. Because they are very talented, and James Harden, I think, is the MVP. Because that’s not a very good team over there.” Grantland

April 17, 2015 Updates

In the playoffs, teams with limited game plans get exposed. Conveniently, Cuban believes that Houston, his team’s first-round opponent in this season’s playoffs, is one of the most one-dimensional teams in the playoffs. “[The biggest difference is] practice time. There’s no more predictable team than the Rockets. You know exactly what they’re gonna do,” he says. “But James Harden is so good. That’s what analytics have begot. Right? Predictability. If you know what the percentages are, in the playoffs, you have time to counter them. Whether you’re good enough to do it is another question. Because they are very talented, and James Harden, I think, is the MVP. Because that’s not a very good team over there.” Grantland

April 16, 2015 Updates

Alexander reiterated that he believes Harden deserves the NBA's top individual honor. "James Harden, in my opinion, is the MVP," Alexander said. "100 percent, he is the MVP. With all of the injuries that we had, not having a full team, seeing another superstar go down in Dwight. For us to have all these wins is truly something, and a lot of it is because of him. He's the top player in the league, and if he's not he's 1, 2 or 3. When you get a player like that in a trade, not free agency, it's truly amazing. He's young. He's going to be with the team for the next 10 years at least. You know when you have a player like that you're going to be in the playoffs fighting for a championship every year." FOX 26 Sports

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A sampling of activities for which Barnes has been suspended and/or fined while treating his teammates like family: Fighting Rafer Alston (2008), chucking a ball in the stands (2009), criticizing referees (2010), escalating a fight between Jason Terry and Steve Blake (2011), fighting Greg Stiemsma (2013), failing to leave the court in a timely manner (twice; 2013), kicking a water bottle into the stands (2014) and talking to fans/cursing at Suns owner Robert Sarver(2015). Amount in fines Barnes estimates he’s paid to the NBA during his career: About $500,000. What Barnes thinks would have happened if it had been him, and not James Harden, who “accidentally” kicked LeBron James in a sensitive region of the anatomy in a game in February: “I’d be put in jail. Or at least suspended for several games.” Sports Illustrated

It's nice to feel the support, but James Harden doesn't need the chants from the Toyota Center crowd on each trip to the free throw line to know where he stands in the race. At least, not if he were voting. "I feel as though I am the MVP," Harden said. "I think the MVP is the most valuable player to your team. Obviously you have to be winning and be one of the top teams in this league and we are. NBA.com

The choice is more, he believes, than simply choosing his league-best 27.6 points per game over Stephen Curry leading the Warriors to an NBA-best 63 wins. "I'm looking at all those things put together," Harden said. "Like I said, not taking away from Steph or that team. It's an unbelievable season that they're having. But we're having a pretty good season as well with all the injuries and all that we've been going through this season. "Look, I understand that people can go either way with it. But for the most valuable player, I think I would have the edge." NBA.com

April 6, 2015 Updates
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James Harden scored 41 points, and the Houston Rockets overcame Russell Westbrook's triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-112 on Sunday. Harden and Westbrook, the league's top two scorers, both entered the game averaging 27.5 points. Harden made 12-of-22 shots and 6-of-9 3-pointers before fouling out with 33 seconds left. The Rockets hung on to win for the seventh time in eight games. Westbrook finished with 40 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. It was his 11th triple-double of the season and the 18th of his career. Enes Kanter added 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Thunder, who lost their third straight. Their lead over New Orleans for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference was cut to a half-game. USA Today Sports

Kevin Durant to Bill Simmons: Stop bringing up the James Harden trade. Bill Simmons: OKC newspaper piece about the Harden trade leaves out the key point - they didn't have to trade him when they did. http://newsok.com/article/5407507 Twitter @BillSimmons

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