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Jazz coach Quin Snyder speaks out on guarding James Harden

James Harden, Quin Snyder

Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder shared his thoughts on how to guard James Harden of the Houston Rockets.

Snyder has observed that the Rockets do not run pick and rolls for Harden. Instead, they’ve opted to make Harden beat his defender one-on-one.

“James Harden is such a unique matchup. They’ve basically decided they’re not going to play pick and roll. They don’t need it. He’s that good at beating his man,” Quin Snyder said, per John Coon of the Associated Press.

In addition, Snyder is at odds whenever he sees Harden escape his opponent. For the past games, Jazz defenders have sat right on Harden’s left shoulder — almost inviting him to go right at the ring.

This is where the frontcourt defense led by Rudy Gobert steps up. They have the task of stopping the former MVPs layup or alley-oop passes. Often times, such a strategy works. But given that the Jazz are on the brink of elimination, it’s pretty clear that that they need to think of other ways to stop Harden.

In Game 3, the Jazz contained James Harden to one of his worst shooting performances of his career. He was 0-of-15 at one point and finished just 3-of-20 from the field and 2-of-13 from downtown.

It’s important to note that Harden got it going in the fourth and more importantly, the Rockets got the win.