The Golden State Warriors were able to outlast the Houston Rockets in a closely contested game one. The rematch of last years western conference finals did not disappoint. It was not a well-played game by both teams, but what it lacked in execution was made up with intensity.
I know all my millennials are reading the title of the article and asking themselves who is Samson? Samson was one of the strongest men in the Bible. He could not be defeated and he drew his strength from his long uncut hair. In the biblical story, Samson was seduced by a beautiful woman named Delilah. She was able to cut Samson hair off while he was sleeping. Samson lost all his strength as a result of the deception. James Harden's high level of play this season reminds me of Samson. Up to this point, very few defenders and defenses have been able to slow Harden's onslaught down. That’s why I’m convinced the only way to stop Harden is to cut off his beard.
James Harden is having one of the best offensive seasons the NBA has ever seen. Just the other night he entered Madison Square Garden in search of his signature performance inside the most iconic, historic arena seen as the Mecca of basketball. In a win over the Knicks, he put up absurd numbers scoring 61 PTS grabbing 15 REBS dishing 4 ASTS while getting 5 Steals.
Last night in Houston the two leading candidates for this years MVP faced off. Neither player disappointed Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 27 PTS and 21 REBS in the victory. James Harden finished with a game 42 PTS and 11 REBS. That gives Harden 13 straight games of 30 PTS or more. He’s averaging 40.6 PTS 6.8 REBS 9.6 AST over this stretch.
James Harden is in position to join an exclusive club of players who have won back to back league MVPs. Harden has recently been on an offensive tear, leaving defenders helpless in his wake. If he is able to win the MVP he will join Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan, Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, LeBron James, and Steph Curry just to name a few that accomplished this feat. Harden's current statistics are almost identical to last years MVP season.
One of my favorite songs is “Times Up” by the hip-hop artist O.C., and it appears that Carmelo Anthony’s time in Houston is up. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe are reporting that the 6-time All NBA performer, and 10-time all-star’s time with the Rockets by all indications are over. Many of his teammates appear to think that Melo will not rejoin the team. Anthony has only played 10 games and started in only 2 of them.