Rockets’ James Harden says scoring streak is more of a necessity due to injuries
James Harden’s unreal scoring streak has been looked at as a scorer’s dream, given the full green light to take any shot he desires in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. Yet the Houston Rockets guard argues his torrid streak has been more due to need than want:
“I’ve seen it all,” Harden told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “I’ve seen double teams, I’ve seen triple teams, I’ve seen zones, even the guys who try to take the ball out of my hands. The scoring streak is amazing, but it’s just something that I’ve had to do because of our situation. We’ve had all these injuries and guys going in and out of the lineup.
“I think the streak just started happening and now it’s just something to talk about, but it’s not something that I’m really focused on. It’s just something that I have to do in order to give us a chance to win a game.”
Many thought Harden’s streak would end once point guard Chris Paul returned to the lineup, yet it has been nine games since he came back from a hamstring injury in late January, and the streak still lives — now with 31 straight games of scoring 30 or more points in a game.
Harden recently revealed to Stephen Curry that he’d rather not play the way he’s playing right now — something that “accidentally” leaked as Curry was mic’d up during a conversation with All-Star head coach Mike Budenholzer.
Both Curry and Budenholzer (along with many more) think his style will be unsustainable come playoff time, when foul calls get tighter and so does a team’s defense in a must-win scenario.