The Houston Rockets went down to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. James Harden, who finished with 41 points, admitted that his personal efforts will never be enough to beat the defending champions.
As reported by Jack Maloney of CBS Sports, Harden said:
“We're in this together,” Harden said on Tuesday afternoon. “I can't do it by myself, we need everyone to be at their top play. Whether it's [Chris Paul], whether it's Eric [Gordon], whether it's [PJ Tucker], we need to just open up, talk about the game, talk about things that we see, that they see from their angle. We can get better on things that they saw that actually worked, and we'll figure it out.”
Below is the full clip of Harden talking about his need for more assistance from his teammates, as posted by Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated:
Rockets’ James Harden: “I can’t do it by myself. We need everybody to be at their top play.” pic.twitter.com/fweymSXR1Z
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 15, 2018
In the game, the Rockets relied on their usual isolation sets for Harden. It worked out in the earlier parts of the game. But come the third quarter, the Warriors characteristically unleashed a blitz, outscoring the Rockets and putting the game further out of reach.
His backcourt partner Chris Paul chipped in 23 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists. Eric Gordon had 15 points but was 3-of-7 from downtown. Gordon, a former three-point champion, has, in fact, struggled all postseason long. In the regular season, he shot 35.9 percent from downtown. Come to the playoffs, he's currently at 32.5 percent.