James Harden is a magician on the court. He can take a painful amount of time dribbling and then use a nasty crossover to drop a bomb. More than anything, his passing skills and court vision are always there as lethal weapons.
Most defenders against The Beard lose their patience and the latter uses his ability to draw a foul to further aggravate them. However, when it’s Draymond Green on the other end, things can get pretty rough. And it did, when Harden badly injured himself in the process of going past the Warrior.
James Harden and his crazy eye injury
On April 30, 2019, the 53-win Rockets met the 57-win Warriors in the semis of the WC. The Warriors were searching for their first three-peat while James Harden had the support of Chris Paul and his first ring was just three series wins away. However, something terrible happened in game 2.
In the opening minutes of the game, The Beard was in the paint hustling for a layup. That was when he found heavy traffic and an unforgiving Draymond Green trying to block his attempt. In a scary sequence, Green’s hand fell on Harden’s face and poked both his eyes. Seconds later, it was Harden on the floor with visible blood spots in his eyes. That was a crazy day because even Steph Curry had a finger dislocation on the same night.
Although Draymond apologised to his victim, the Rockets lost their second away game primarily because of a poor first quarter. Surprisingly, The Beard with his blurry vision managed 29 points that night.
Did The Beard make a comeback in that series?
Well, injuries were never new in the life of James Harden. Everyone remembers the night when the Lakers’ Ron Artest elbowed The Beard down. It was as viscous as it gets, but the latter bounced back.
Jan 2, 2021; James Harden high fives a staff member during a game against the Kings at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports
Now, after going 0-2 in that series, the 9x All-Star had a crazy game 3. In a game that went into overtime, the charismatic Harden scored 41 points and was just one rebound shy of a double-double. His offense over Kevin Durant was on-point. The man continued the form in game 4 and managed to secure a 2-2 series draw before Steph Curry denied the Rockets a WCF berth.
Still, it was worth praising that James Harden almost got his cornea injured before he made a stupendous comeback. Hoping this never happens with the Nets’ Harden, what was your favorite moment from that memorable series? Help us know in the comments.
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