Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Overall Grade: F
Minutes Played: 39
Stat Line: 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 4 turnovers, 5/18 FG, 0/7 3PT
For the fourth consecutive game, James Harden was painfully inefficient on the offensive end of the floor.
Harden converted just 5-of-18 from the floor and 0-of-7 from beyond the arc. When he wasn't drawing fouls, he was horrendous.
Thus continuing a disturbing trend.
On January 15, Harden shot 8-of-20. One day later, he went just 5-of-23. Most recently, Harden shot 5-of-19 against the Indiana Pacers.
In other words, his shots aren't falling. At all.
Momentum appeared to shift in Harden's direction after Luke Ridnour was called for a controversial foul at the end of the first half. Harden would split the two and then get another when Ridnour picked up a technical foul.
Even still, Harden played poorly.
A plus/minus of minus-20 speaks to that. Four turnovers add to the disarray.
Perhaps most important of all, Harden allowed Mickael Gelabale to dominate the fourth quarter.
Call it fatigue, if you'd like, but The Bearded One has been atrocious over the past week.