Eric Pascall doesn’t think his trash talk sparked James Harden
Eric Paschall had some major flex on runner-up MVP James Harden as his young teammates took on the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. The Golden State Warriors rookie finished an and-one play against The Beard during the second quarter.
The 6-foot-6 rookie yelled:”he’s food!” after getting the whistle, getting his team hyped up after the Warriors enjoyed a brief lead.
Paschall taking Harden to the rim
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“I’ve always been that type of way,” Paschall admitted to Logan Murdock of NBC Sports Bay Area following the game. “Just talking. Not any type of way. Just talking trash or get myself going, get my teammates going.”
The rookie was averaging 29.5 points and eight rebounds over his last two games entering Wednesday, getting the boost of extra minutes after a wave of injuries plagued the roster.
Harden would go on to score back-to-back 3-pointers and later a slew of finishing moves near the rim to give the Rockets a solid advantage before the half. Asked if he thinks his trash talk sparked the NBA’s leading scorer, Paschall turned that down.
“No, because I don’t think he heard me,” Paschall said. “So I don’t think it changed anything.”
“I don’t know what happened,” he added. “Just looked up and Harden was going off, so I can’t really say much about that. He’s a great player. Anything could have sparked it. He could have just sparked himself. He could have not heard it at all and just sparked himself. It is what it is.”
The Warriors were likely destined for Harden’s regular-season fury after eliminating the Rockets while undermanned last postseason. Whether Paschall taunted Harden or not had no bearing in his motivation to carve up this team, as he did with his game-leading 36 points and 13 assists.
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