The TRUTH About Harden, Westbrook, & The Rockets In The NBA Restart (Ft. Skinny Boi, Small Ball)

Jul 17, 2020
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Skinny Harden, Westbrook, & The Rockets are in a weird place in the NBA restart. The first 1000 people who click the link will get 2 free months of Skillshare Premium: #Harden #Westbrook #NBA Twitch-
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The Rockets are going to be without Russ until he’s able to produce two negative tests, and then an additional 2 day quarantine. Which means Westbrook and Harden will not get time to practice before games and maybe Russ misses a few regular season games. Now that doesn’t seem like much until you look at the Rockets standings. They’re the 6th seed, with the same record as the 5th seed and only 1.5 games ahead of the 7th seed. A losing streak could cost the Rockets standing which could have them face the Clippers in the first round, instead of possibly moving up in the standings and facing a more familiar opponent in the Jazz that they’ve beat for the past 2 playoffs. The Rockets are 5-5 without Russ this season. While Russ and Harden won’t have time to necessarily practice with the team and play together, the one benefit of that is that they are going to be rested. `
It’s true that Harden was more on the heftier side, but that weight actually helped aite. At 220 pounds, Harden was never the quickest player, but his ability to change directions and then shield the ball from his defenders with his body has defined his ability to drive. Harden instinctively bumps people off of him as a way to drive past them which prevents the defenders from cutting him off, leading to a completely different trajectory and giving Harden enough space to get a layup. Considering that Harden is 7th in drives per game at 17.9, he’s going to have to fundamentally change how he drives, relying more on quickness than physicality which leads to the next point, his finishes. This isn’t just limited to his finishes, it’s a big part of his ability to dance on the perimeter. Harden nudges defenders off of him right before doing a step back.
Skinny Harden does have his advantages. He’s going to be quicker which means his side steps should be quicker too. He might not need to rely on weight as much and just speed past defenders instead.
Harden also doesn’t have his number 1 pick and roll partner in Clint Capela. In previous playoffs, Capela was crucial in giving Harden options off the pick and roll where defenses had to choose whether to step up on Harden to prevent the floater or guard the lob pass to Capela, exactly like right here in which Harden has drawn the big man who has to choose what to do and chooses to lob. In fact, Harden averaged 2.2 assists per game to Capela in the playoffs out of 7.4 assists per game which is close to LeBron’s 2.8 per game to AD this season. This gave Capela importance and gravity. This gravity would freeze defenders from helping off Capela onto Harden on a drive. Harden is great at making these reads which makes him lethal, but without Capela, this means Russ would have pick up that slack. And he has been in this new small ball lineup in which Harden can legit just dish off to Russ before a double comes and Russ can drive to the hoop with defenses hesitant to help. With how quick he is, this becomes an easy lane and layup.
In the 11 game sample size of small ball Russ, I’m coining that term cause that’s a thing now, Russ began to average 31.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 5.5 assists on an efficient 55% from the field and 38.5% from 3 only shooting 2.4 3s a game. The low 3 point attempts is exactly what we’ve been asking of Westbrook for years, and now with no big man, he has full reign of the paint. Westbrook is barrelling into the paint and he’s been much more effective. He’s increased his field goal attempts at the rim to 13.5 from 10.4 and is making 8.5 of them which is at 62.8%. He’s 2nd in the league in field goals made at the rim and is the only guy in the top 10 under 6’ 8” besides Zion. We saw this in full effect against the Lakers. Westbrook is able to walk his opponents down to inside the 3 point line.
Now you would think that the break would mess up the Rockets as a whole, but not as much as you would think. Out of all the teams in the league, the Rockets had the most isolations per game at 23.1. Second was the Trail Blazers at 11.1.
For the Rockets, and for Russ and Harden, we know that they have championship aspirations, so a lot of things have to go their way, but what do you think? Do the Rockets have a chance? Will Russ and Harden really perform well in the playoffs?

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    MJ2KALLDAYMJ2KALLDAY3 months ago
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      ninja zayninja zay3 months ago
    • Bro I would do anything to get into your video bro I been watching your videos for a long time

      TheKareem020981TheKareem0209813 months ago
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      PosterizerGod24PosterizerGod243 months ago
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      Lawrence Marshall Jr.Lawrence Marshall Jr.3 months ago
  • 3:59 as a Jazz fan, I forgive you

    Jacob TurpinJacob TurpinMonth ago
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    plizzyplizzy2 months ago
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    VeerXDVeerXD2 months ago
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    Ronan GibsonRonan Gibson2 months ago
  • If russ don't get like 30 turnovers

    Theodis FieldsTheodis Fields2 months ago
  • Im excited

    MoonroofMoonroof2 months ago
  • i hope u can get more than 1 million cuz i followed u from long time ago lol #mj2kallday

    FK - 09WS 938100 Central Peel SSFK - 09WS 938100 Central Peel SS2 months ago
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    Yung WalkerYung Walker2 months ago
  • Why u not on ESPN

    Kasey LaceyKasey Lacey2 months ago
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    GzY_XavierGzY_Xavier2 months ago
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    Ben ParkerBen Parker2 months ago
  • MJ2KALLDAY, today is my birthday so could you please pin this comment?📌

    Kwabena AmpofoKwabena Ampofo2 months ago
  • They just lost to the raptors

    A JA J2 months ago
  • 6,337 huh? *You didn’t count the travels*

    —p0s!N ——p0s!N —2 months ago
  • Hey man! I wanna talk 2 u reagrding some business stuff. How can I contact you?

    NBA GeekNBA Geek2 months ago
  • Harden was smaller during his MVP season BTW.

    Joey FLJoey FL2 months ago
  • Its always funny to me when people say Harden hasnt played well in the playoffs lol. He be averaging like 25 + points and always on good shooting. What you have to look at is the fact that they double and triple him in the playoffs and what do the people he passes it to do? They miss usually Thats the issues. Harden has been to WCF as the leader twice with Houston. Houston before Harden was out of the playoffs and even with yao and tracy hadnt made it to WCF IN 20 YEARS. But yeah somehow HARDEN IS BAD IN THE PLAYOFFS??? GTFOH. The fact that you mention Harden before russ when russ hasnt gotten out of the first round as the leader ever speaks volumes at the BS storylines put out there for harden. First it was "Harden cant play d" until someone mentioned that he has been for a very long time one of the best post defenders in the league.

    Joey FLJoey FL2 months ago
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    NBA GuyNBA Guy2 months ago
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    Theodore YoungTheodore Young2 months ago
  • this is called not having access to steroids bud. hgh and roids is the only way you get real longevity in sports. the last time we saw all these players skinny was when we all found out it was a testing year. Lebron got skinny, melo got skinny, and so many others. then they beefed up again for the next year.

    yummdiddyyummdiddy2 months ago
  • The NBA Back Boyyy

    TheJaydenPlaysTheJaydenPlays3 months ago
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    Uroš PetrićUroš Petrić3 months ago
  • I'm sorry but 4:55 9:50 needed to be cut 😭😂

    Leo _Leo _3 months ago
  • your content is good your long pointless intro with an ad right after it is annoying it took you 3:20 to get to the damn point...

    Ali HAli H3 months ago

    ADVXNCEDADVXNCED3 months ago
  • lakers v rockets conference finals lakers in 6

    GollyWollyOliGollyWollyOli3 months ago
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    Kelvin KeepKelvin Keep3 months ago
  • Lowkey kid has the highest IQ in basketball knowledge. This deserves a subscribe, come on y’all 👌🏻

    Navjinder RawanNavjinder Rawan3 months ago
  • RIP okc fans

    Yousuf SallamYousuf Sallam3 months ago
  • Come one bro... I’ve been watching this video for 3 and a half minutes and you only said harden lost weight. You really needed that 10 minute mark didn’t you ?

    Bursitis next BahaBursitis next Baha3 months ago
  • Lol small ball Russ a thing now 🤣😂 💯 💯

    Brandon StrotherBrandon Strother3 months ago
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    Certified WokeCertified Woke3 months ago
  • Does anyone know the name of the background music?

    UxqaiUxqai3 months ago
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    Bramble The dogBramble The dog3 months ago
  • KD went to the wrong team lmao, imagine if he got traded to the rockets

    OOPS It SlippedOOPS It Slipped3 months ago
  • The truth is both of them got covid 19

    guest manguest man3 months ago
  • Hey man me again can you tell me what’s the name of the light in the background that keeps changing colors in your background?

    Silenced YessirSilenced Yessir3 months ago
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    Derrick FordDerrick Ford3 months ago
  • When he said “yee” I got flashbacks to that weird ass dinosaur meme. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about check it out

    Casilda Dos SantosCasilda Dos Santos3 months ago
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    Franklin VFranklin V3 months ago
  • This isn’t 2k bruh, if you loose 10 pounds you don’t get pushed and bullied around bc you’ve lost strength. You can loose weight and not loose your strength. Yeah you become lighter but not weaker

    Ethan RussellEthan Russell3 months ago
  • Biogenesis steroids is what Lebron did in Miami my guy 🤷🏾‍♂️documented. LeLance Armstrong James

    Michael ThinksMichael Thinks3 months ago
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    Nigel DjabaNigel Djaba3 months ago
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    DeMarcus JohnsonDeMarcus Johnson3 months ago
  • You can't rest if you have corona, you are literally very ill

    Lars VermaatLars Vermaat3 months ago
  • Don´t speak trash man about the bumps,he can bump everyone because he takes contact first no because he is super heavy it's a simple phyisical reason man

    Gio RiminiGio Rimini3 months ago
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    Sungu MabundaSungu Mabunda3 months ago
  • Ngl the rockets team is so playoff built, if they are all healthy they have a chance to make it out the west

    Alex GrattonAlex Gratton3 months ago
  • 😂😂😂😂dumbassess thought he was gone miss games he already back most he gone miss is a preseason game yall jus dont wanna see him win

    nsg shaunnsg shaun3 months ago
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    Klipz AlfredoKlipz Alfredo3 months ago
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    TinoTino3 months ago
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    YHN FrankYHN Frank3 months ago
  • Run harden off screens easy win

    Gian AlcaydeGian Alcayde3 months ago
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    Thomas BowmanThomas Bowman3 months ago
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    123 wally123 wally3 months ago
  • 5:47 I think MJ2K looked up Harden bullying opponents and this appeared

    Ethan SantosEthan Santos3 months ago
  • im glad you mentioned capela because i think his absence will benefit Westbrook but maybe not harden

    cmindlesscmindless3 months ago
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    / Mxrxz/ Mxrxz3 months ago
  • This is karma. Mark my word.

    Kurmet KulaKurmet Kula3 months ago
  • Harden could score 100 points if they don't guard him right

    DarkDark3 months ago
  • Wha this the song played at the beginning?

    Russell Westbrook FanRussell Westbrook Fan3 months ago
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    Huston HallHuston Hall3 months ago
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    Yan NimuzimaYan Nimuzima3 months ago
  • Harden isn’t fast and quick, we know that, he has to play off the bump which is just the way he plays. Let’s just get his fundamentals down CORRECTLY. I mean I understand the Euro step and all that but this guy loves to travel and gets away with it as if he is just supposed to get away with it.

    Dexter MarleyDexter Marley3 months ago
  • Harden always been a bit beefy. Who cares, as long as he can play TEAM ball, him and Westbrook.

    Dexter MarleyDexter Marley3 months ago
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    Indo FourTwentyIndo FourTwenty3 months ago
  • 10:57 C'mon man!

    Future GOAT & Finals MVPFuture GOAT & Finals MVP3 months ago
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    Jacob HerrickJacob Herrick3 months ago
  • Can you post the hot take cuz I ain’t got twitch

    Russell Westbrook FanRussell Westbrook Fan3 months ago
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    FP POGGERSFP POGGERS3 months ago
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    Christian Vince BaqueroChristian Vince Baquero3 months ago
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    Dman 33Dman 333 months ago
  • am i the only one who think mj looks like zayn malik lol

    tayshaun delrosariotayshaun delrosario3 months ago
  • Video starts 10:08

    MultiDerFanMultiDerFan3 months ago
  • We all know what LeBron did in Miami to bulk up that year.

    Tribe of BenjaminTribe of Benjamin3 months ago
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    Darius HarrisDarius Harris3 months ago
  • Hardens hairline is terrible

  • 2010 best PG was Chris Paul with the following D Rose

    GG- MurderKingGG- MurderKing3 months ago
  • I doubt the Rockets will make it to the Finals. Clint capela leaving def hurt the Rockets. No rim protector so easy lay ups for Lakers/Clippers to get in the paint

    K DawgK Dawg3 months ago
    • Agreed.

      Michael ThinksMichael Thinks3 months ago
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    Mr ZUKAFUMr ZUKAFU3 months ago
  • The rockets should start Chris Clemons and go ULTRA small ball 😅

    JossiJossi3 months ago
  • The excessive editing is getting obnoxious

    LaMichael GryffinLaMichael Gryffin3 months ago
  • Russ is the goat cmon now

    Nathan BatistaNathan Batista3 months ago
  • You the goat MJ

    MvpBeingOpMvpBeingOp3 months ago
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    Sensei Mamba24Sensei Mamba243 months ago
  • Bro what do you mean they weren’t playing for like 3 months.They are fully rested.Now that they are positive for covid-19 they wont have so much time to practice.So the will be as rested as anybody else but less ready to play because they wont be in shape

    Dimitris KDimitris K3 months ago
  • The truth about harden and Russell is they going to win the championship and they the best duo that's the truth and like I dont care what you say harden could that the rockets alone to the Conference and with Russell he wins

    Luca LebrunLuca Lebrun3 months ago
  • James Harden tested positive too

    DatsnellDatsnell3 months ago
  • U should make more 2k my team videos on your gaming channel

    Jdac ?Jdac ?3 months ago
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    Klenam AgbeiborKlenam Agbeibor3 months ago
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    Uncle DrizzyUncle Drizzy3 months ago
  • These two are garbage don't even rate with Klay and Steph of the Warriors😝😝👎

    Jeff MusgraveJeff Musgrave3 months ago
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    RonricoMiguel Berry Jr.RonricoMiguel Berry Jr.3 months ago
  • Harden was never fat my guy. Pause

    Squirtles Reee 2Squirtles Reee 23 months ago
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    Bruno NwokoBruno Nwoko3 months ago
  • Another good video. Nice breakdown. Wish I could see Kobe play in the NBA "bubble"! 💙🐐

    Armani KArmani K3 months ago