Rockets’ James Harden moves past Paul Pierce in playoff 3-pointers list
The Houston Rockets may have lost to the Golden State Warriors in the postseason for the second straight year (and three of the last five playoffs) but their superstar guard James Harden could at least take solace in the fact that he accomplished yet another statistical feat during Friday night’s Game 6.
Known for his unguardable stepback three-pointers, Harden’s triples during the game sent him past Paul Pierce, moving to 11th place on the all-time NBA Playoffs list in made threes.
— NBA (@NBA) May 11, 2019
Then again if you ask Harden, he would rather give all of the records he broke during the season and perhaps the Most Valuable Player trophy (should he win it again but unlikely) for a shot to re-do everything and extend the series to a Game 7. Another game would have made all things equal, although Warriors forward Kevin Durant would still be absent for that one.
Be that as it may, the Rockets are done for the year and have some serious concerns to ponder in the summer. With their backcourt of Harden and aging point guard Chris Paul making identically monstrous salaries at $38-million apiece and largely responsible for the team’s bloated payroll, making alterations to the roster would be a little difficult. It doesn’t help that they would only be having eight players under contract so shoring up the roster with anything but minimum-salary roleplayers wouldn’t bode well for their continuous title hopes.
That is an interesting problem to watch for newly-extended general manager Daryl Morey and if anyone can do it, it’s probably him.