Is James Harden postgame clubbing a big deal?

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It was one of the worst clutch performances you’ll see in your lifetime, let alone from a player of James Harden’s caliber.

A Game 6 throttling to the Kawhi Leonard-less Spurs on Thursday saw the Rockets guard — in a win-or-go-home situation — score 10 points with six turnovers and a minus-28 rating on the floor.

So how did Harden respond to the defeat, much less the poor effort that had Twitter ready to plop the point guard’s head on a stake?

He hit the club, and that opened up another can of worms, alongside the already-opened one on everyone giving their reason to why he was so dismal on Thursday night.

Responses to the post-game clubbing:

  • He should be more humiliated about his shortcomings.
  • This looks like a lack of passion and focus.
  • If that was me I’d be in a gym putting up shots not a party.
  • So hurt about the loss he is at the club partying it up?
  • Clubbin’ after a playoff loss YOU didn’t show up for?

Believe it or not, those are word-for-word shots being thrown around at Harden on social media for those that have a problem.

A lack of passion and focus(!!!)

Granted, the criticism was balanced out with the “so-what?” variety, and it’s hard not to side with the latter.

Does going out after a crucial loss affect anything? Yes: perception; that’s about it.

The first thing that comes to mind when rearranging Harden and the club in our minds is the point guard double-fisting handles of top-shelf vodka and pouring out drinks for people while choruses of “MVP!” ring out.

The guy is at a club. The season is over. He’s 27. He’s a millionaire.

He can do these things.

The only reason Harden’s been put on blast stems from the fact that he stunk, for lack of a better word, on Thursday. He didn’t show up during crunch time. If he put up 45–15–10 in the loss and was out after the loss, he’d be a social media darling.

Thanks for the great season James. We’ll be back next year.

But just because he didn’t have a good game, he can’t go out? He has to sit in his room and cry? No, that’s what fans want him to do.

They think that Harden has to repay the viewers and fans back by sobbing along in exchange for laying an egg when it mattered most.

That’s not how it works, folks.