Harden and the rest of the team were sent packing on Thursday night after a 99-90 Game 6 loss to the Miami Heat.
That means that their season is over, despite high hopes all year long.
There is no doubt that this season ended in disappointment especially when it comes to Harden’s performance lately.
This is the first time in James Harden's career that he played 40+ minutes in any game and did not attempt a free throw. @ESPNStatsInfo
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) May 13, 2022
His weakened output was on full display Thursday night.
It marked the first time in his career that he played more than 40 minutes and did not attempt a single free throw.
This shows that he really wasn’t playing aggressively and wasn’t contesting shots or attempting many rebounds.
All in all, none of this shouldn’t surprise Philly fans.
It’s been a long time since Harden played with intense aggressiveness.
Out Of Gas
Harden’s detractors have said again and again that Harden completely gives up when the postseason comes around.
Many people claim that Harden is out of energy when the playoffs start and doesn’t have enough drive to make it through the best-of-7 series.
Whatever the reason, this is certainly a bad habit of Harden’s.
After this season, it’s also nearly impossible to deny.
There is no getting around it: Harden definitely falls off when the postseason starts.
This is bad news for the 76ers because they had high hopes for Harden when they traded for him back in February.
He was supposed to be all about great shots, assists, free throws, and efficiency.
Philadelphia had some big plans for Harden.
Right now, those plans are dashed.
This will be a long summer for the 76ers and Harden.
Something has to change before next season or else it’ll be another to end in disappointment.