James Harden had a rough time in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, scoring just 9 points on two-of-10 shooting – his second single-digit scoring performance in the last three games. Check out Moke Hamilton’s thoughts here.
His worst moment came in the final 30 seconds of the game with the Thunder trailing by three points. The Heat had possession and Scott Brooks had clearly elected not to foul, hoping to get a stop and the last shot to tie the game. Harden guarded LeBron James at the half court line and nearly poked the ball away. Perhaps feeling a bit overzealous, Harden felt contact, appeared to flop with 16.2 seconds left, and was called for the defensive foul. James converted one of two free throws and the game was essentially over from there.
It was a tough call, given the situation of the game and the fact that James had pushed off just a second earlier that could easily have been called an offensive foul. Still, it was a gamble that wasn’t worth taking if you are Harden. Either way, the questionable play prompted Metta World Peace to call out the bearded one:
World Peace apparently has absolutely no love for the sixth man. He never properly apologized for the infamous elbow that gave Harden a concussion in the regular season, claimed he doesn’t shake hands with a sixth man and generally seems to enjoy bad-mouthing Harden, evidenced by his tweet from last night.
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