Missile analyst Calvin Murphy used a scorching microphone to criticize James Harden earlier than going into promoting
Missile analyst Calvin Murphy inadvertently told everyone how he really felt after Houston's 114-107 loss to Indiana on Wednesday night.
The Hall of Famer harshly criticized Rockets star James Harden, who had 15 points (5 out of 14 shots), 12 assists, and four ricochets against the Pacers. During the AT&T SportsNet Southwest post-game show, Murphy initially donned kid gloves and found that Harden made up for a night of poor results with his game.
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"James didn't quite have his game together, but he still did the right things to include everyone else," Murphy said.
However, when the bumper music started playing, Murphy was heard saying, "He quit."
Uh … oops. Always assume the microphone is hot, Calvin.
Harden averages 29.4 points in five games this season, well below his usual standards in this division. He was calm even in the fourth quarter of a close competition, scoring four points on three field goal attempts.
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It should be noted, however, that Harden had to sit out Saturday's game against the Kings with a sprained ankle and has not been as productive since that injury. He had 21 points in 5-of-17 in a loss to the Mavericks on Monday but hit double-digit assists, similar to his performance against the Pacers.
Oh, and there is the big bearded elephant in the room: Harden's trade request. The 31-year-old would prefer to play for a competitor, but Houston is reluctant to move him unless he gets an extensive package in return that includes a young franchise cornerstone and several draft picks. It doesn't seem like the situation is going to change anytime soon.
This element may have contributed to Murphy's harsh analysis. Maybe he can explain himself before the next commercial break.