James Harden scored 24 points in the Houston Rockets’ 113-106 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, but he did so with staggering inefficiency. Harden shot just 5-of-20 from the field and 1-of-9 from downtown. He made all 13 of his free throws, but he turned the ball over six times.
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In spite of his triple-double effort, Houston was outscored by nine with its MVP candidate on the floor. His struggles were not unique to Tuesday, though. They’ve been the undertone of each of Harden’s matchups against the Warriors this season.
In three games against Golden State, The Beard has turned the ball over 20 times, shot a wretched 3-of-25 from downtown, and made just 19 of 56 total field goals. Harden has recorded triple-doubles in two of those three games, but the Warriors have outscored the Rockets by 35 points in all of his minutes on the floor.
“It feels good to be in a situation where we do have the second pick of the draft. It’s one that I hope to not be in again, but it’s nice coming in and having a lot of options,” Shanahan said at the NFL’s annual meeting Wednesday. “We want to do whatever gives us the best chance as an organization and that could be anything. We could trade and grab more people, and if not, we’re going to get a good player with the second pick in the draft, and regardless of what position that is, we have to get the best player available.”
Only a handful of mock drafts believe that player will be a quarterback. It’s not for a lack of need by San Francisco, but there’s a general sense that there may not be a passer who merits a top 10 selection, let alone the No. 2 pick.