WATCH: James Harden Toyed Around by Pistons Player in One of the Worst Plays of His Career

Published 11/06/2021, 12:17 AM 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


The Brooklyn Nets, after their loss against the Heat, have shown some promise. Winning four consecutive games to stand at a decent 6-3 record, the Nets are showing early signs of a table topping team. However, that can only happen if James Harden can pull himself together. 

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In the Nets’ most recent win, they defeated the miserable Pistons 96-90 in an easy outing. But in that win, there came a moment that raised some eyebrows and sinked some hearts. It had an ‘Abnormal Harden’ written all over it.

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When James Harden found himself ‘lost’ 

The Brooklyn Nets scored 39 points in the first half and then 39 points in the third quarter alone. Those 12 minutes changed the game and took everything away from the Pistons’ reach. However, James Harden losing a ball in the Q3 made it appear as if the Nets would soon lose him to the bench.

With the Nets leading 67-55, The Beard had the ball against Pistons forward Saddiq Bey. But something went wrong and the 9x All-Star lost both the ball and the knack to sprint and catch it. He left it on Saddiq to grab the possession and pull an uncontested dunk as Kevin Durant watched helplessly. 

Although coach Steve Nash did not react to the probable brain freeze, he did seem to take note of it. 

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How was The Beard’s overall play?

Well, under one minute into that loss of the ball for Harden, Patty Mills had substituted him. However, his overall impact on the game was still quite impressive. The Beard scored a 13-point triple-double with 2 steals and a block to his name. 

With that all-round show, he passed Clyde Drexler as the NBA’s 32nd all-time high scorer and also moved to 7th in the triple-double leaders. This can be a breezer for a star who is struggling with his offense more than ever. 

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The changes in the rules, Harden’s offensive production is at a decade-low and that’s quite concerning. So this night against the Pistons should help him get his acts together and deliver even better results on more important nights. 

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Do you see Harden coming back to his former self, in terms of scoring?

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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