WHY DIDN’T YOU SCORE MORE, JAMES HARDEN? ‘WE RAN OUR OFFENSE, THE BALL JUST DIDN’T GET BACK TO ME’!

By Tommy Matthews

The Sixers were bounced from the postseason Thursday night in game 6 by the Heat, and everybody has an opinion on why.

Joel Embiid thinks James Harden should have taken more than two shot in the second half.

Embiid was playing hurt and, with the way the Heat were defending him, unable to catch the ball anywhere near the basket.

Harden was unable to step up, scoring just 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting.

Philly trailed by just one point at halftime and in the second half, Harden was scoreless, shooting 0-for-2 and adding four assists and three turnovers.

After the Sixers fell into a double-digit hole, Shake Milton went on a little run late in the third quarter. And at that point, it seemed that Harden was happy to defer to the guy who was barely playing at the start of this series.

“We ran our offense,” Harden said. “The ball just didn’t get back to me.”

The Heat did shrink the floor against Harden for most of this series, showing him a crowd when he isolated or came off a screen. And in some cases he made the right play.

So another postseason comes to a close with Harden still yet to prove that, like Jimmy Butler, he can come up big in big games.

With his team’s season on the line, Harden was outscored by the guy — PJ Tucker — who used to stand in the corner and watch him dribble with the Rockets.

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