Dante Exum is getting paid this offseason.
So he picked a hell of a time to become James Harden’s walking nightmare.
But in Houston’s Game 4 win to take a 3-1 series lead, Harden may have solved the Exum enigma.
The Beard discovered that all he needs to do to get to the free-throw line is pull Exum’s arm toward him with one arm, then smash the ball into the defender’s face with the other.
We must have missed the announcement of some drastic rule changes, because this is apparently a defensive foul now.
Dante Exum was called for fouling Harden on this 👀 pic.twitter.com/CJJ5yAM1zG
— ESPN (@espn) May 7, 2018
Short of running into the corner and collapsing into the fetal position, I’m not sure what Exum was supposed to do here. And he couldn’t even do that, because Harden hooked him into place.
Sadly, that’s not even the most unfortunate call Harden has drawn against Exum in this series.
That distinction belongs to this doozy.
Somehow this is a foul on Exum, with Harden driving straight into him, initiating all contact. Worst-officiated league, probably in the world. Total garbage. Has been for as long as I can remember. pic.twitter.com/i0YdL9uOsw
— Adam Stevens (@Awstevens83) May 3, 2018
You know what? Why even have the Rockets play offense? Every time a Jazz possession ends, the refs should just give Harden two free throws, then give the ball back to Utah.
It’d save us all the time and agony of wondering how far up each other’s asses the refs’ heads are stuck.