With the Lakers up 2-1 entering tonight’s match, Game 4 was a crucial and pivotal moment for the Rockets, who could be facing major changes if they don’t make things interesting in this round against L.A.
Unfortunately, H-Town couldn’t get it done and are looking at a 1-3 deficit against the West’s top seed.
Anthony Davis exploded for 29 while LeBron James did his best Magic Johnson impression, but it was James Harden who became the story of the night.
He made just 2 field goals the entire game, going 2/11 from the field, or just 18%. Considering Harden’s history of playoff failures, it wasn’t a good look to have yet another poor performance and, on Twitter, fans let him know it wasn’t acceptable as they lauded L.A.’s dominance.
Lakers up 3-1. Clippers up 3-1.
We’re on the brink. pic.twitter.com/5IC8MunM4I
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) September 11, 2020
Anthony Davis tonight
Lakers lead 3-1 🔥 pic.twitter.com/lYPrN7V7Xd
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) September 11, 2020
Lakers take a 3-1 series lead pic.twitter.com/UVvsbhvp4U
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 11, 2020
in one of the strangest box scores of the season: James Harden ties his season-low for made field goals in one game (2), however, attempts more free throws (20) than the entire Lakers team (16).
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) September 11, 2020
Rockets championship window is over
They had their chances
— NBA All Access (@nballaccess) September 11, 2020
JAMES HARDEN WOKE UP FEELING DANGEROUS 😳😳😳
2-11 shooting 💦💦💦
1-6 from 3 🔥🔥🔥
5 turnovers 😈😈😈
3 straight losses 🐐🐐🐐 pic.twitter.com/MiGnY7R5Q9
— LakeShowYo (@LakeShowYo) September 11, 2020
James harden down 2-1 with his season on the line
1-6 from 3
— Fredo🗽 (@goknickstape) September 11, 2020
James Harden Game 4 vs. Lakers 2020: 2-of-11 from the field.
James Harden Game 6 vs. Spurs 2017: 2-of-11 from the field.
James Harden Game 5 vs. Warriors 2015: 2-of-11 from the field.
James Harden’s favorite playoff line is 2-of-11 from the field.
— Samuel H. Quinn (@SamQuinnCBS) September 11, 2020
Dudes watched Harden trick the whole game and now saying Russ is the reason they lost
— ✊🏾 (@BeyJayV) September 11, 2020
There’s still a chance that the Rockets can come back in this series, but the odds are definitely not in their favor.
Ultra-small-ball just doesn’t seem to be as effective in the playoffs, especially against a team that has LeBron James and Anthony Davis. In the end, more than just the Rocket’s season is on the line her.e
D’Antoni’s job and the entire future of that roster could be in jeopardy.
We’ll see how they come out in Game 5.