Rockets’ James Harden makes case for another MVP despite the ‘hate’ he receives
After dropping 45 points and six assists against the Boston Celtics Thursday night, Houston Rockets star shooting guard James Harden said he should be in the MVP conversation.
The Rockets got off to a slow start this season, but have been playing much better basketball as of late. James Harden has been putting up monster numbers all season, and now that his team is winning games, the reigning MVP believes people should put his name next to all the other MVP candidates even if they don’t like the way he plays basketball.
“Of course I should be in the conversation (for MVP). I receive a lot of hate, but that won’t stop me from going out there and killing every single night….realistically, it’s coming back.” – James Harden on his MVP candidacy. #Rockets
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) December 28, 2018
James Harden is a very polarizing player. You either love him or hate him. There’s no in between. A lot of people don’t like the way Harden plays because of all the flopping he does and the way he draws fouls. You can’t deny, though, how talented of a scorer he is.
Harden leads the NBA in scoring right now. He entered Thursday averaging 32.3 points per game. That average is going to increase after the lefty scored 45 points against Kyrie Irving and the Celtics.
The Rockets improved to 19-15 with their win over the Celtics. When Harden won the MVP last season, Houston had the best record in the NBA. Harden and the Rockets are going to have to go on a crazy run for The Beard to win the award again this year.
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