The formula for success for the Oklahoma City Thunder is simple... buckets by their big three and lock down defense by their role players. James Harden is usually the main cog in the Thunder offense most nights. He has been the best player off the bench for any team in the NBA this year and when it gets close to crunch time Harden is like house money on most nights.
For some reason Harden has frozen up against the Heat. Maybe it's because he's had to guard bigger players like Lebron James for most of the series but for some reason Harden just doesn't seem like the guy that we saw abuse the Spurs and the Lakers on the road to the finals this year.
Harden passed up on three wide open three point shots at the end of the game in game four of the finals. Westbrook couldn't have given the man a better look at the basket and Harden just froze. He completely froze up. I don't understand it. The man we refer to all old school has looked more like a young pup in this series. He has been outplayed by every player on the Heat bench with the exception of game one.
If Harden doesn't change his ways, he will be counting down his time in Oklahoma City as the Thunder will be more willing to trade him to the Bobcats for that number two pick. Moving Harden frees them up to resign Sefolosha and Ibaka to longer deals and secure their teams future with the addition of a player that can help them like a Thomas Robinson or a Michael Kidd-Gilchrest.
Dispite all of that, if Harden doesn't turn it around, his Thunder team won't get a chance to return home to try and get a win. They will be watching as the Heat set it off in South Beach.
Stay Breezy ~ I'm Out!