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Reacting to James Harden's game vs. the Nets: 'No pop, no zip, NO NOTHING' - Zach Lowe | Get Up

Mar 11, 2022
I definitely think all of us were, you know, we looked at Ben as our brother, so we knew this was a hostile environment and we knew he didn't get a chance to play, so we wanted to get out there. and make him focus on the court more than ever by focusing on him so they focused on the court tonight and it's hard for you to sing to Ben Simmons when you lose him for so much we got our asses kicked and, um, you know, since I've been here it's all been sweet and you know we've been winning

game

s so tonight was good for us and we have a chance to snap back to reality. we got the restaurants ok this wasn't pretty huh

james

harden

11 points shooting low 18 from the floor you see the numbers third worst field goal percentage of any player in the shot clock era in his first

game

against a former team also his fourth worst game on roster his first game back again agai nst the thunder once upon a time he's had a lot of games against previous teams ok

zach

elo there's a lot to unpack from this game but it certainly feels like we need to start with Harden.
reacting to james harden s game vs the nets no pop no zip no nothing   zach lowe get up
What do we do with that performance? No pop no zip no

nothing

I mean that was the game where the two teams came out and one team was on fire, snarling, losing balls playing hard and the other team was like huh can we just want to have this game ? He played how he wanted, look at him. he plays like he wants to get fouled instead of just playing regular basketball he played like he wants the game to be over and there is no one in the nba no one under more pressure in the playoffs than

james

harden

is going to be after giving up another team picking this team his record in big games this is not a great start i hear you i feel the pressure and i think we will apply the pressure but he feels he does it to your point he didn't seem like he showed up in that game with the level of intensity l that everyone else did last night, what does that mean?
reacting to james harden s game vs the nets no pop no zip no nothing   zach lowe get up

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Honestly maybe it's just that the moment wasn't too big for him but just one that everyone wanted to get through and he'll probably be fine tomorrow when the spotlight is on the play we're all going to forget about this game if he shows up in the game seven in the game five in the game four down two one that's what's going to matter we'll all put this game in the rearview if it doesn't if there's another two for eleven with eight turnovers then let's remember Zach. I'm really glad you mentioned the word if because that's a big if in James Harden's career.
reacting to james harden s game vs the nets no pop no zip no nothing   zach lowe get up
It's one thing if he had a history of appearing in big games, but he hasn't. so far, honestly, I was very disappointed with the competitiveness that he presented last night and I thought that in terms of the role players, the supporting cast, it was a great time for them to get a feel for what the playoffs were going to be like, and honestly, it looked like they could face alright you know where n this trade was initially made stephen a smith told me on the nba countdown that the sixers gave way too much and in that we obviously see seth curry and uh and drummond andre drummond playing a big part last night and playing big role lasted night i feel like maybe vindication is too strong a word but steven a was right that it's the extra pieces going back and forth that could end up making a big difference seth curry had 24 points in 10 of 14 from the field and four for eight for three so absolutely yes and drummond his ability to pair up before that ankle injury with joel embiid was pivotal in term s of the energy they created now look at seth curry here i know people will say katie and hart and kyrie are on court to look at space they are not involved in this at all this is pure shooter footwork tremendous game i was right so i can continue whether kyrie is on the floor or not and then here kyrie is off the floor maxie is i'm going to jump because patty mills shoots around 41 of three and katie can do this crazy pass again more role players that's draggage that's bruce brown able to finish off an easy two because of the momentum the

nets

had and then defensively i loved this nick watch effort nick claxton after battery got hurt he's going to hit for complete with joel embiid in the post and this is where the sixers got me confused because they didn't go to him here but look at the mismatch you're giving up on.
reacting to james harden s game vs the nets no pop no zip no nothing   zach lowe get up
I'm bad at math 215 and 280 there's a big weight difference there but he ultimately ends this play with the defensive rebounding and this is what he was talking about yesterday green in terms of the role players and the depth the

nets

have in compared to the sixers

zach

he's actually fascinating as he talks it's a great tape but i'm thinking about it the nets manage to be that unique team that has the superstars and it's deep you usually have to sacrifice depth to being able to get the big three that in theory they will have when ben simmons is on the floor but they actually have that and they have depth imagine if they had joe harris who is out for the season is a big part of their team because we saw how small they are they have to play around your stars gotta play all these little guards and last night his speed beat philly size tobias harris couldn't keep up george yang couldn't keep up r itmo but yeah and by the way I'm glad you mentioned bruce brown no one played stronger in that game than bruce brown bruce brown had an amazing last month for them he's a big part of their team he's a big part of their whole spirit the dirty work you want done bruce brown does and because i have an extra moment here i just feel the need to say and i tweeted this last night for all the conversation about great players in the nba and there may be as many of them out there right now than ever before been kd notified last night i thought when he goes there ain't nobody like h i'm right i end up transitioning around embiid you know how hard it is and i love this katie growling oh snarling at the fan saying i didn't hear many possibilities on ben simmons i get myself i love that i love that here is the thing i dont know whats going on and maybe we are all prisoners of the moment but did we forget i was doing this when kyrie was unavailable?
I get that she won't be in the mvp conversation or can't be in the main scoring conversation because of how many games she's missed, but how quickly do we forget that katie makes her team so special and her little comments after that ben simmons hasn't even played for them yet and he's talking about uh we made it for him like he's johnny and the outsiders or something i mean but whatever if they found motivation in that big and and whatever it is developed it was a one sided fight it was a fight they could have been stopped in the beginning and we'll talk later this hour but what it means in the big picture yes absolutely yes we'll see I mean the networks also notify if it really we have our team, if this theoretical team becomes a real team, no one will want to face us accordingly. and i think it's interesting that you talk about katie and ben simmons maybe katie's unique personality in her own way allows her to relate to kyrie allows ben to be drawn to play alongside him as guys who have had a bit of a thorny history in terms from teammates ok a little bit later we'll talk about what's brooklyn's perspective here as well we'll be very lighthearted and explain why he's not with us and we need to look at ben simmons sweater all of that thanks for watching espn on youtube for live streaming of sports and premium content, subscribe to espn plus

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