Friday May 13, 2022

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Harden flames out: he’s not the player he used to be
KD 1st round sweep: not his fault, it’s his superstar teammates who missed games
Westbrook misses playoffs: this is the player he’s always been and it’s his fault, not his superstar teammates who missed games
#NBAnarratives2:26 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Daryl Morey praises jumps that Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris made, Joel Embiid’s play and perseverance and looks forward to “unlocking” what James Harden can bring them. As for the roster: “We have our work cut out for us.” Says the team has to improve. – 2:21 PM

Austin Burton @Amaar_206
Embiid doesn’t appear to “make teammates better” or “bring out the best” in his All-Star teammates. While Embiid rose to an MVP level, Butler, Simmons & Harden declined and/or stagnated in Philly. Does Embiid have something to do with that, or is it just a series of coincidence? pic.twitter.com/wiC3diimUk1:27 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Dwyane Wade, without one of his knees, aged better than James Harden.
Glad we can put that dumb debate to rest. – 1:01 PM
J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
Wait, wait…@ShannonSharpe said there was serious talk Harden was a better offensive player than MJ and Kobe? I dont recall (thankfully). But this = exhibit A on why yall gotta stop letting stats guide discussions. MJ’s postup game alone was superior to every guard ever on Day 1 – 12:56 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Having watched an endless loop of ESPN while flying today, it appears the 76ers lost the series instead of the Heat winning it. Basically, today is the first day Harden dominated the series. – 12:48 PM

Dwight Jaynes @dwightjaynes
The 76ers traded away a guy who wouldn’t shoot in the playoffs for a guy who wouldn’t shoot in the playoffs. Harden took two shots in the second half of an elimination game last night. – 10:53 AM

Michael Dugat @mdug
Harden trying to blowup a third team since Jan 2021 (if reports of wanting Doc gone are true).
That’s impressive. – 10:10 AM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
James Harden last night:
✅ 43 MIN
✅ 4-9 FG
✅ 0-0 FT
✅ 4 TOV
It’s the first time in Harden’s postseason career he’s played at least 33 minutes and failed to get to the FT line.
He committed 29 turnovers in the series, 17 more than any other player on either team. pic.twitter.com/9aDwiW2ump9:21 AM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Jimmy Butler last night:
✅ 32 PTS
✅ 8 REB
✅ 4 AST
✅ 1 STL
✅ 2 BLK
In the series, Butler led the @Miami Heat in points (165), rebounds (45-T), assists (33), steals (10), and blocks (4-T).
The only stat above in which he did not lead both teams is assists (James Harden, 42). pic.twitter.com/S9qYWkiN2E9:11 AM

Frank Isola @TheFrankIsola
James Harden attempted nine shots and zero free throws last night in Game 6 vs Heat. Last year – playing on one leg – Harden attempted 17 shots and 10 free throws in Game 7 vs Bucks. – 8:57 AM
Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
After the Sixers season ended with a whimper, the same theme kept being brought up post-game: toughness, and how Miami had more of it.
As another crucial offseason (one with a huge James Harden question) begins, it was tough to argue with that point: theathletic.com/3309837/2022/0…8:51 AM

Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Joel Embiid: “I’m sure since we got him everybody expected the Houston James Harden, but that’s not who he is anymore. He’s more of a playmaker.”
In other words, if Embiid was the Philly GM, Harden shouldn’t opt out of his last year thinking he’ll get a full max deal. – 1:25 AM
J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
Yall can make all the usual excuses for Harden that you want — age or hammy or whatever — but the number of plays he simply failed to hustle back on defense in a Game 6 is inexcusable. If that’s the best he can do b/c of a physical limitation, he shouldve been on the bench – 12:57 AM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Joel Embiid on James Harden: “Obviously, I’m sure since we got him, everybody expected the Houston James Harden, but that’s not who he is anymore. He’s more of a playmaker. I thought, at times, as with all of us, could’ve been more aggressive.” pic.twitter.com/DGf7cXqfoH11:15 PM

David Thorpe @coachthorpe
Not to pile on, but Harden could never play for the Tampa Bay Lightning. That franchise is so special. No matter what happens in game 7. – 11:04 PM
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
We now have a clear winner from the James Harden/Ben Simmons trade…the other 28 teams who weren’t involved – 10:57 PM

Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Hey, Philadelphia 76ers fan, how ya feeling about trashing on Ben Simmons now?
Good luck with paying Harden $250 million over the next 5 years or losing him and thus Simmons and other assets for nada. – 10:40 PM

J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
Jimmy Butler has 32 points in a close out game. How many yall barked about me about him for years, clowning him over his offense (though he can change games withOUT scoring which is a greater skill) while gawking over Harden? Where yall at?🤣 – 10:26 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I went deep on James Harden’s upcoming contract negotiations with the Sixers:
– How much is he actually worth?
– Are there feasible trades? Very few come to mind.
– Could Philly… just… let him walk? How could they replace him?
cbssports.com/nba/news/james…10:19 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I think James Harden would’ve won a championship if he’d stayed in OKC.
I think James Harden would’ve won a championship if he’d just fixed his relationship with Chris Paul in Houston.
I think James Harden would’ve won a championship if he’d waited out NYC’s vaccine mandate. – 10:18 PM
Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
James Harden on what’s ahead: ‘It’ll be a great summer for me to get my body right and be ready to go for next year.’
I hope he does, but . . . – 10:11 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Harden was asked if the plan was still to opt into the final year of his contract: “I’ll be here.”
Goes on to say he will do what it takes to make the team better. – 10:04 PM
Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Harden says the last two years have been tough for him health-wise. He looks forward to having the summer to recover and “get straight” before coming back next year #Sixers10:03 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Harden on whether he will opt in: “I’ll be here.” Goes on to say he’ll do whatever it takes to win here and make the team as good as it can possibly be – 10:03 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
When asked about his contract option, James Harden says he will be back in Philadelphia, and he will do whatever it takes to allow this team to compete at the highest level moving forward. – 10:02 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
James Harden asked why he wasn’t more aggressive: “We ran our offense, the ball just didn’t get back to me.” – 10:01 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
James Harden, when asked why he only took two shots in the second half: “We ran our offense, and the ball didn’t get back to me.” – 10:01 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Ben Simmons and James Harden attempting the same number of second half shots in Philly’s last two elimination games was the only way this could have ended. – 10:00 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
James Harden shot under 50% on layups and dunks (a minimum 300 attempts) during the regular season, per Second Spectrum tracking.
The only other player was the New York Knicks’ RJ Barrett. – 9:58 PM
Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
Everybody knows how much Daryl Morey loves James Harden but he has to make a decision this summer based on what his eyes have seen, not his heart. Latching the rest of Joel Embiid’s prime to an anvil of an extension for Harden wouldn’t just be a mistake, it would be malpractice. – 9:57 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
In the interest of both fairness and chaos, someone needs to ask Doc if James Harden can be the starting shooting guard on a championship team. AK – 9:53 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Harden 0 for 2 and 3 TOs in second half (be glad your team didn’t trade for him last year)…. Strus never had a double double in first 119 NBA games. Now has that in two high-stakes games in a row. – 9:51 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
My honest guess is that James Harden opts in and he and the Sixers resolve to figure things out over the next year.
If he earns a new deal, he’ll get one. If not? I imagine Morey seeks out Harris trades so he can try to reload with max cap space in 2023. – 9:50 PM

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
James Harden missed a floater with 8:54 left in the first quarter — the Danny Green injury play. That was the last 2-pointer that Harden took for the rest of the elimination game. – 9:48 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
If James Harden opts in to his $47.367M player option, the only player in the league who will make more than him next season is Steph Curry ($48.070M) – 9:45 PM

John Gonzalez @JohnGonzalez
*Coming up at the news conference*
Media: “Doc do you still think James Harden can be the point guard for a championship team?”
Doc: “I don’t know the answer to that right now.” – 9:42 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
James Harden 2nd halves in 2022 semis vs Heat (Games 3-4 were the wins)
G1: 4 points, 2 TOs (1/4 FGs)
G2: 4 points, 0 TOs (1/5 FGs)
G3: 2 points, 3 TOs (1/5 FGs)
G4: 18 points, 1 TO (5/11 FGs)
G5: 4 points, 2 TOs (1/5 FGs)
G6: 0 points, 3 TOs (0/2 FGs) – 9:40 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I think if James Harden goes vegan, if he chills with the nightlife, if he spends the entire summer rehabbing that hamstring and getting in killer shape, he might able to redeem himself next year.
I just don’t find any of those things all that likely. – 9:39 PM

Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
I’ve been a vocal Harden supporter for years and I’ve never been more disappointed in him than now. If he’s not scoring like before he needs to play with more activity off-ball and effort on defense. Get in shape and reinstall his OKC era habits. That’s how to thrive with Embiid. pic.twitter.com/v3cgDGbwPM9:38 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Remember when Tim Duncan scored 25 in the first half of Game 6 of the 2013 Finals, and we were all like, “wow, I didn’t think we’d ever see this version of Duncan again?”
Harden just had the bizarro version of that game. I cannot believe he just did it AGAIN. – 9:38 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
James Harden finishes the night with just 11 points. He took just nine shots — and made just four of them — in 43 minutes. – 9:32 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
I know James Harden is gonna get dragged for a bad closeout playoff game, but one thing you never saw from him in a Sixers uniform was passively playing off ball and forgoing point guard duties for the bulk of a game. Vital off season for him rehab wise. – 9:30 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Four free throw attempts combined for Embiid and Harden in 84 minutes.
Free throws were the bet they made, and they came up empty. – 9:27 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Ben Simmons stats in the infamous Game 6 loss to the Hawks in 2021:
5 points (2-of-4 shooting)
8 rebounds
13 assists (vs. just 2 turnovers)
+1 plus/minus
James Harden in Game 6 tonight vs. the Heat:
11 points (4-of-8 shooting)
4 rebounds
9 assist (vs. 4 turnovers)
-15 plus/minus – 9:26 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
James Harden has taken fewer shots than all of Philly’s starters but Danny Green — and Green played three minutes before leaving with a knee injury. Harden has taken one more shot than Shake Milton. – 9:23 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Seriously tho. Watching Harden this second half has been infuriating….not even bringing the ball up the floor. Making a youngin like Maxey play a role he’s not equipped for at this point in his career. He flat out quit in this game tonight – 9:17 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Daryl Morey is going to have a blunt conversation with James Harden. He’s gotta get him to make some changes if he wants to be perennial MVP candidate James Harden. The good news is if anyone can get through to him, it’s Morey. Harden’s too good to look like this at age 32 – 9:13 PM
Greg Dickerson @gregdickerson13
That little 1 game renaissance by James harden was cute…if Philly signs him to an extension, they should be relegated to playing in the G league next year…he is done..he’s melo of the last 3 years…good bench scorer not superstar – 9:09 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
If you take out the 2020 Bubble postseason, this will be the fifth straight year James Harden’s team has been eliminated from the playoffs on its home floor
2017: Spurs
2018: GSW
2019: GSW
2021: Bucks
2022: Heat – 9:08 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Harden involved in back to back turnovers. Heat up 80-63. It looks the Sixers’ season will be official over in 10 minutes, 43 seconds of game action. – 9:08 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Philly’s contract situation going forward
Harden: 1 year, $47.4M (player option)
Harris: 2 years, $76.9M
Embiid: 5 years, $229.5M
Korkmaz: 2 years, $10.4M
Thybulle: 1 year, $4.4M
Niang: 1 year, $3.5M
Maxey: 2 years, $7M
Springer: 3 years, $8.3M
Milton: 1 year, $2M (team option) – 9:02 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
James Harden has taken 1 shot in this 3rd quarter. He’s taken 8 for the game. At some point, he’s gotta get aggressive. #Sixers8:57 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
This crummy possibly season ending third quarter, it seems like the Sixers decided to try James Harden in an off ball spot up role… when he doesn’t move w/out the ball and doesn’t catch and shoot much. Hamstring tighten up? – 8:56 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Sixers moved heaven and earth to acquire James Harden because Ben Simmons wouldn’t shoot the ball with the season on the line, only for Harden not to shoot the ball with the season on the line…cold world, man – 8:51 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Did the Sixers kinda decide to scrap the Harden as primary initiator thing for this second half? Playing off ball a lot and it’s not going well. – 8:50 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
76ers fans not happy after James Harden turns ball over and Bam Adebayo steals and goes in for a dunk and a 68-52 Heat lead. 76ers fans start to book the home team. – 8:46 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Another game where Tyler Herro is outscoring entire Philadelphia bench (10-5)
76ers aren’t in bad shape. Embiid missed 7 of 10 in paint, Harden didn’t get to FT line, Maxey missed 3 of 4 3s. Only a one-point game at halftime – 8:17 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
The Heat took Duncan Robinson out as soon as James Harden checked in. Said on the pod that they could get Duncan run in the minutes Harden rests. – 7:53 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Like last game, Miami has gone to conventional coverage against the Harden-Embiid pick-and-roll. Chasing over the screen so far tonight.
Sixers probably have to spam that play if they’re not going to switch it. One problem, though: Miami is not even paying attention to Thybulle. – 7:45 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
By the way, Heat have found a counter to hunting Herro switch
They place him on Thybulle, who isn’t an offensive threat
So when he comes to screen, they blitz Harden
Just ended in a steal and score for Herro – 7:38 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Optimistic view is Nets finally learned. Catering to Irving got them 1 playoff series victory in three years, a wronged head coach (Atkinson), a silly choice of DeAndre over Jarrett, a disgruntled (Harden), a damaged (Simmons) and an enormous payroll.
nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…12:45 PM

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