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Did James Harden foul J.R. Smith to end Game 3?

Posted on: April 24, 2011 1:33 am
Edited on: April 24, 2011 1:37 am
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Posted by Royce Young

Oklahoma City ahead 97-94 with a couple seconds left. Ball finds J.R. Smith for 3, James Harden tightly defending him. You make the call -- did Harden foul Smith on the shot?



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Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2011 3:38 am
 

Did James Harden foul J.R. Smith to end Game 3?

No, Harden just played the exact type of defense that has been played on KD, in this series and by Ron Artest in last year's playoffs.  Players have been holding him when he doesn't have the ball, muscling him to keep him from getting the ball, and then when he does, they smother him, giving him no room to do anything.  That's what Harden did to JR.  Only contact was on the body caused by JR going up for the shot awkwardly trying to get a foul call.  Harden's allowed to stand his ground on defense.  And he did just that, to perfection. 



Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2011 2:29 am
 

Did James Harden foul J.R. Smith to end Game 3?

It's a bad shot by J.R. but he still got fouled on the play. Harden did not block the shot and yet J.R. barely got the ball past the free throw line. Harden was leaning into him and fouled him, should have been called.


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