This came just one night after an arguably even more ludicrous play in a Rockets-Knicks game. Harden seemed far more interested in objecting to a non-call than in actually getting between New York’s Lance Thomas and an uncontested dunk.
Then there was this gem from earlier in November.
In fairness, Harden does occasionally appear to try on defense. And, of course, other parts of his game remain very effective.
Harden is hardly the only one to blame for the Rockets’ 7-11 record. It’s just that, too often, there’s no defense for his defense.