The Lakers beat the Rockets so badly that James Harden left the team again


A few days ago things were wrong awesome for the Houston Rockets, but they were probably doing as well as they ever will this season. The team had just beaten the Orlando Magic by 32 points to reduce their record to 3-4, and the next day James Harden – who, in case you missed it, went through a saga of very public and public demand. embarrassing this season. – at the very least admitted there were some positives about these Rockets, and at best acknowledged the possibility of a future in Houston.

Even after losing their next game to the Lakers, things weren’t too bad. The team was still close to .500, and on the in-game day, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported that the front office “was increasingly confident that Harden would be content to stay at least for the rest of the game. season, ”although he also wrote that“ sources say Harden always prefers to be treated.

Then … Well, then the Lakers came along. Or more specifically, the Lakers at the height of their power have happened. The Rockets never held a single lead on Tuesday, and the Lakers pushed the deficit to 30 at one point in a game that was realistically over at halftime. Los Angeles basically spent 48 minutes clowning around for the team they just pulled out of the playoffs.

After the match, Harden no longer spoke of “a chance to do something special”.

So, to recap, the Lakers have won their last six games against the Rockets, including four back-to-back playoffs, and now – after beating a Houston team, people actually thought they got a shot against them so badly in the playoffs. playoffs that Harden left the game. organization where he won his only MVP award and spent most of his career – they crushed them so well in two regular season games that Harden went from saying positive things to showing up at press conferences while his teammates shoot him in the media. .

So, in case you were wondering how exhausting it is to play against a Lakers team with locked versions of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, it looks like we have some empirical evidence that the answer is’ exhausting enough to implode. a team twice ”or enough to take you from cautious optimism to a reignited tire fire. ”

I mean, good for the Lakers, but Houston, you officially have a problem. Again. Sorry about that.

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