One stat shows Rockets shooting against Spurs was historically bad

To be fair to James Harden, he wasn’t the only one who was unable to find the bucket on Thursday night in his team’s playoff run-ending game against the Spurs. According to Elias Sports (via ESPN Stats & Info), his entire team had a historically bad shooting night:

Of course this doesn’t excuse Harden, who was the second-leading scorer in the league this season with an average of 29.1 of his team’s 115.3 points per game during the regular season. But in addition to his 2-for-11 shooting in the loss, Eric Gordon went 2-for-9 including hitting only 2 of the 7 3-pointers he put up. Ryan Anderson went a whopping 0-for-6 in his 25 minutes off the bench. And Clint Capela, normally a 64 percent shooter, went 3-for-11 from the floor (though he did get nine points on free throws).

Harden’s explanation (via USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick)?[1]

“I mean, I really just didn’t have a rhythm at the beginning of the game,” Harden, who had 10 points on 2-for-11 shooting, with seven assists, three rebounds, six turnovers and a minus-28 rating, told reporters afterward. “I was making some passes, and we just didn’t knock down shots – or whatever the case might be. But as a team, as a unit, we really didn’t have a rhythm, and they capitalized on that.

References

  1. ^ (via USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick)? (rssfeeds.usatoday.com)

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