According to basketball-reference.com’s database, there have now been 16 players since 1964 to make two or fewer field goals with at least 15 attempts in an NBA playoff game. Harden is the only one to do so in a victory. “I’m more happy than anybody right now, believe it or not, just because I’m not really worried about my shot,” said Harden, who carried the Rockets with a 44-point performance in their Game 1 win. “I had those same shots in Game 1, and they went in. In Game 3, I’ll shoot those same shots.
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“But I’m fortunate to have guys like Gerald [Green] and just the entire team to have my back on both ends of the floor. I just tried to make an impact on the game in other ways, not just offensively. Happy we got the win.” Harden’s ability to defend power forwards and centers in the post has been critical to the Rockets’ switch-heavy scheme all season. According to NBA.com’s advanced statistics, Harden allowed only 0.73 points per possession on post-ups this season, ranking in the 82nd percentile of the league.
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