‘Sh*t Hilarious’: Fans Troll James Harden For Flops vs Pacers

Published 10/29/2021, 10:48 PM EDT
Oct 29, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) argues with an official in the first quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


James Harden seems to have forgotten about the latest rule change in NBA’s foul calling. Fans cannot believe that the former MVP is still sticking to his old ways of drawing fouls. Nets’ head coach Steve Nash feels that officials have become hyperaware of Harden ever since the rule change. However, Harden is taking some time to adjust to the new ways. Hence, the fans are criticizing him.

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Oct 27, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) drives the ball around Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

In the game against the Pacers, Harden has been trying to use his old tactics to draw fouls. And since the officials are not giving him the foul calls, the resulting turnovers are severely harming the Nets. Therefore, fans are fuming on Twitter and blaming Harden for an unimpressive start to the game.

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Fans react to James Harden failing to adjust to the rule change

What does this mean for Harden and the Brooklyn Nets?

While Harden is still contributing significantly on the offensive end, his turnovers are potentially harming the Nets. Since the Nets currently hold a slim lead at the end of the second quarter, they should not be worried. However, if Harden does not quickly adjust to the new rules, his turnovers will severely the Nets’ offense.

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Being an MVP caliber player, Harden should ideally not take a lot of time to adjust to the rule change. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that he is the “poster boy” of the recent rule change.

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Several experts questioned whether Harden could cover for the absence of Kyrie Irving. With his all-around performance in the first half, he is certainly proving the critics wrong so far. He is not burdening Kevin Durant to carry the offense of the team and has ended the first half as the leading scorer for the Nets.

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However, will he be able to maintain consistency considering he no longer has the seemingly easy fouls to reach the free-throw line?

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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