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The comments are predictably blowing up with “hot take” accusations but you are right on this one, and the truth is Harden has a long history of this type of no-show. His performance in the 2009 NCAA tournament was so bad that at the time I was sure he was point shaving (maybe it was just the ASU connection), and his 2012 NBA finals performance is also infamous. His game 6 was bizarre — he looked fine, he was getting into the paint and didn’t look slow, but his mind was somewhere else.

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