November 26, 2016, 1:34 am
James Harden hit just 6-of-18 shots for 23 points, 10 boards, 10 assists and five turnovers in Friday’s win over the Kings.
If the Kings didn’t decide to defend Harden with guys not named Garrett Temple and Arron Afflalo he probably scores 10 less points. Temple really had his number and Afflalo was very good, but eventually Harden made this output look a lot better than it looked heading into the fourth quarter. After a rollicking start and declarations of congratulations by big box sites that had ranked him at No. 1, Harden has slipped to No. 3 in 8-cat leagues and No. 10 in 9-cat leagues. His 1.5 combined steals and blocks are weighing him down.