Rockets analyst Calvin Murphy unintentionally informed everybody how he actually felt after Houston’s 114-107 loss to Indiana on Wednesday evening.
The Corridor of Famer provided some harsh criticism of Rockets star James Harden, who had 15 factors (5-of-14 taking pictures), 12 assists and 4 rebounds in opposition to the Pacers. Throughout the AT&T SportsNet Southwest postgame present, Murphy initially placed on child gloves, noting that Harden did make up for a poor scoring evening together with his playmaking.
“James did not fairly have his sport collectively, however nonetheless, he did the best issues getting all people else concerned,” Murphy stated.
Nonetheless, because the bumper music started to play, Murphy might be heard saying, “He stop.”
Uh … oops. All the time assume the mic is sizzling, Calvin.
Harden is averaging 29.four factors via 5 video games this season, so he completed properly beneath his common requirements in that division. He was additionally quiet within the fourth quarter of a good contest, scoring 4 factors on three discipline aim makes an attempt.
Stephen Silas: “We bought stagnant within the 4th Quarter. And a part of that was me attempting to isolate or attempting to get conditions the place we might management tempo and management who has the ball. We solely got here up with 20 factors within the 4th Quarter.”
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) January 7, 2021
It ought to be famous, although, that Harden sat out Saturday’s sport in opposition to the Kings with a sprained ankle and hasn’t been as productive since that damage. He had 21 factors on 5-of-17 taking pictures in a loss to the Mavericks on Monday however hit double-digit assists just like his efficiency versus the Pacers.
Oh, and there is the large, bearded elephant within the room: Harden’s commerce request. The 31-year-old would like to play for a contender, however Houston is hesitant to maneuver him except it receives a large bundle in return that features a younger franchise cornerstone and a number of draft picks. It would not seem the scenario will change anytime quickly.
That aspect could have contributed to Murphy’s harsh evaluation. Maybe he can clarify himself earlier than the following industrial break.