James Harden’s offensive struggles continued in Oklahoma City’s Game 3 loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday and for the second time in three games the NBA’s sixth man of the year failed to crack double-figures in scoring.
In recent days, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook took several shots in the media for questionable decision making down the stretch of Game 2. Well, leave it to Metta World Peace to spread the hate to Westbrook’s teammates.
Last night during Game 3 in Miami, the man who blasted Harden with an elbow to the head late in the regular season, delivered another shot when he tweeted “No brain All beard” in reference to Harden’s notable chin hair.
World Peace went on to predict that Harden would hit a big shot. On Monday morning, he was analyzing the Thunder’s run through the “old teams” in the Western Conference and whether the Heat’s youth is too much for them to overcome.
In April, World Peace did Harden’s brain no favors when clocked the Thunder guard in the cheek with a vicious elbow. Harden suffered a concussion and World Peace was suspended for seven games.
So far the Heat have kept Harden in check in the series. He scored 21 points in Game 2 to help fuel Oklahoma City’s furious rally, but managed only five points in Game 1 and nine in Game 3 on 4 of 16 shooting combined.
For the Thunder to even the series with a Game 4 victory, they’ll need more production from their third-leading scorer, but Harden would be the first to admit that — he didn’t need World Peace to remind him.
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