“I love this city,” said Harden. “I literally did everything I could. I mean, this situation is crazy. This is something that I don’t think can be fixed. ”
In Tuesday’s loss, Harden played his fourth game where he scored 20 points or less. It’s Harden’s longest break since the 2011-12 season when he played for the Oklahoma City Thunder.ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Harden is aware that the Rockets are continuing to discuss business scenarios with teams, although no deal is imminent. Houston’s asking price remains high for transactions involving Harden.
Newly acquired Rockets guard John Wall, who finished with 10 points and five assists in the game, said chemistry played a role in the Rockets’ woes early in the season.
“When some guys don’t want to join, it’s hard,” Wall said.
While the Rockets’ chemistry issues were a problem, Wall didn’t hold back on his idea of building a relationship with Harden.“It’s been a little tough, I’m not going to lie about it,” Wall said. “I don’t think it was the best it could be. That’s all I can say. ” Harden averaged 26 points (10th in the league) in 37 minutes of action. He also leads the league in assists per game with 11.
Houston (3-6) is one spot behind last place in the NBA Western Conference. The Rockets are also 3-3 at home and have lost back-to-back games.
The Rockets return to road action Thursday against the San Antonio Spurs, a team that earned a 112-102 road victory on Tuesday over the Oklahoma City Thunder.