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17:50  15 april  2019
17:50  15 april  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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James Harden puts Ricky Rubio on skates, then buries the step-back 3-pointer. About the NBA : The NBA is the premier professional basketball league in the

Ricky Rubio is a good defender. Rubio then guessed that Harden was going to drive, so he turned his hips. When Harden pulled back, the Timberwolves PG had already sent his right leg in front of him, and by the time he turned around it was too late.

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Ricky Rubio explained that the Jazz were desperate to stop James Harden's trademark step-back 3s after he guarded the Rockets star from behind.

Harden is in the running for a second consecutive NBA MVP award after another stunning season in which he averaged 36.1 points per game.

Each new opponent has sought a way to contain Harden and the Jazz were no different in Game 1 of their playoff series, with Rubio's bizarre approach allowing the Rockets guard to move past him before attempting to block from behind.

But Houston ran out 122-90 winners, with Harden putting up 29 points and making four shots from beyond the arc.

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Given that James has been to the NBA Finals seven straight times, this is understandable. I would like to take a moment, though, to focus on Indiana, a team that won 48 games in the regular season and finished with a better net rating than Cleveland. 13. The Wizards and Bucks will drive you crazy .

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Rubio explained: "We shaded him right because on the left he's got the step-back and it's a 3 every time, no matter who is on him. He is one of the best in the league at doing it.

"I think this year he had more 3s than Steph Curry just doing step-backs. That's crazy — you're talking about Steph Curry, one of the best on the league, if not the best.

"So we would rather him take 20 or 30 shots and him score 20 points than just have the 3s."

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni was not convinced, though, as he insists there is no stopping Harden.

"He can have a bad game and they'll attribute it to something. Sometimes humans have bad games," he said. "But you're not stopping him, I don't care what you do."

NBA playoffs 2019: League confirms Warriors didn't foul James Harden.
The NBA's last two-minute report noted that there was no foul on Harden's 3-point attempt with 10 seconds left in the game. Did Draymond Green foul James Harden on the game-tying shot attempt? #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/NHq9jhAzqa— FootBasket.com (@FootBasketcom) April 28, 2019 "Harden (HOU) draws Green (GSW) into the air during his shot attempt. Green jumps in front of Harden and would have missed him if Harden hadn't extended his legs," the report stated.

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