The Lakers Cannot Guard James Harden

This is a serious problem. Russell Westbrook won’t hit every mid-range jumper going forward, and you can bet that Kevin Durant will have a bad shooting game at some point, but what do the Lakers do about James Harden? Nobody can put any pressure on him at the point of attack, and the team’s big men are too slow to cut off Harden’s penetration to the rim on pick and rolls.

The only time the Lakers beat the Thunder this year was with Harden out thanks to Metta World Peace’s elbow. There’s a reason for that.

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