Oh No, James Harden Has Discovered A New Violent Trick For Drawing Fouls

Bryan Brandom
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Dante Exum is getting paid this offseason.

So he picked a hell of a time to become James Harden’s walking nightmare. 

According to ESPN, the Rockets superstar is a miserable 1-of-11 when the Jazz youngster is his primary defender in the teams’ Western Conference semifinals matchup.

Here’s the 22-year-old Australian locking Harden up in Game 1.

And here he is doing more of the same in a Game 2 victory.

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.

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.

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.