James Harden's Game-Winner Was Dramatic, But It Doesn't Really Matter
The Houston Rockets are a hard team to pinpoint.
Sure, they've got some issues -- mainly hustle issues and defensive issues (they were 21st in Defensive Rating this year) -- but they're the 8 seed, an underdog to a historic Golden State Warriors squad.
So -- to the fans without a particular rooting interest in either side -- this a hard team to rally behind because you just never know what you're going to get from the James Harden-led Rockets.
Former Rockets player and current TV analyst Charles Barkley thinks he knows what they offer, though.
Chuck doesn't have faith in the Rockets... https://t.co/uFFshkbBj2
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 22, 2016
Rockets CEO Tad Brown thinks Barkley is qualified to dole out such a statement -- in a way.
@dfbarron Charles would know, his entire rockets career was fake hustle
— Tad Brown (@tadbbrown) April 22, 2016
But if we forget all of that and focus on Game 3 between the Rockets and the Warriors, they were able to give us the first real upset -- and the first real exciting game of the 2016 NBA Playoffs -- last night, which ultimately came from a Harden spin move on Andre Iguodala.
Believe it or not, that actually could have ended the game, according to some obscure rule that Rockets general manager Daryl Morey must know about.
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) April 22, 2016
In all, things evened out in the long run, as Harden's short jumper gave Houston a 97-96 win and this beaut of a win probability graph.
— numberFire (@numberFire) April 22, 2016
But facing a 2-1 deficit, our algorithms give Houston just a 10.28% chance to win the series and Golden State a 45% chance to end it in five games.