In case you aren’t aware, James Harden has been absolutely unreal this season. Double-teams do not phase him and he seemingly can score whenever he wants against any team. I mean, just look at him cook:
On Wednesday, he’ll be making his one appearance in Cleveland for the 2019-20 season along with Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Rockets. Even if you don’t love how Harden gets his points, he’s must watch because of how much he scores. This guy might be the best scorer ever, so how can you not watch?
Here’s the other question: Who are the Cavs going to have defend Harden? A quick rundown of the options:
- Collin Sexton
- Cedi Osman
- Alfonzo McKinnie
Sexton and Osman seem like the likelist options at least to start. McKinnie is probably the best option off the bench, although the Cavs have tried rookie Kevin Porter Jr. in a lead defender role at times this year. (Note: This is not the game to do that in! Harden would murk Porter Jr. one-on-one).
None of these options are good. Harden is probably going to be able to score however he wants on Wednesday.
This is a chance to watch an all-time great. The Cavs are really struggling right now and are 11-point underdogs. That seems low, especially Harden goes off like he’s likely to do. If the Cavs — namely Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and the Sexton-Darius Garland pairing — can have good nights, that would be a good b-plot.
Where: Quicken Loans Arena — Cleveland, Ohio
When: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 at 7 p.m.
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