James Harden, Chris Paul embrace opposing fans’ heckling
Being heckled at games is part of an NBA player’s life, so when a reporter asked Houston Rockets guard James Harden whether he was affected at all by Minnesota Timberwolves fans chanting “Harden sucks” during Game 4 of the series on Monday, this year’s leading MVP candidate answered it with as cool a demeanor as he usually shows on the court.
“I like to hear stuff like that.” “It’s the Playoffs, they supposed to.”@JHarden13 and @CP3 on opposing fan chants. #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/rFtct8aHQ4
— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 24, 2018
Chris Paul, who was beside Harden during the postgame presser, clearly agrees with his running mate. Paul has been around the league for so long that he has probably heard it all from fans. James is younger than Paul, but he certainly also has his fair share of experience with rude and misbehaving fans.
Harden, Paul, or any player can’t respond to these fans a la Ron Artest circa 2004, so the best they could do to silence these overzealous supporters of their opponents is to perform well on the floor.
That’s exactly what Harden did on Monday, as he manufactured 26 points (including 22 in the third quarter) to lead the Rockets to 119-100 win. Paul, meanwhile, chipped in 25 points, six assists, and five steals.
Harden and the Rockets take aim at ending the Minnesota series this coming Wednesday in front of their home crowd.
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