December 1, 2023

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NBA Twitter Goes Wild as James Harden-era Clippers Fall to 0-4

The LA Clippers played against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, losing 105-101. This was the fourth game the Clippers lost with James Harden, and their record is now 3-6. The first three losses came in away games, and losing to the Grizzlies at home was a first for this stretch.

In their recent defeat, Harden’s performance was below average, making only four of 12 field goal attempts and just one successful three-pointer out of seven attempts. Additionally, he committed four turnovers, finishing the game with 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists.

Fans are beginning to question the viability of having James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook on the same team. All of the Clippers’ stars struggled against the Grizzlies, with George leading the team with 26 points but having seven turnovers. Leonard made only six of 16 field-goal attempts and finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Westbrook made only five of 13 shots and finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals, and four turnovers.

Harden had a successful run with the Houston Rockets and then moved to the Brooklyn Nets before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. His early days with the Clippers have been less than stellar, with averages of 13.5 points, 4.3 assists, and 5.0 rebounds in four games. He is shooting 36.8% from three and committing 2.5 turnovers per game.

There are concerns about the performance of the “Big 4” lineup and whether they can find success together. Overall, the arrival of James Harden has not had the immediate impact that the Clippers had hoped for. This raises questions about the team’s dynamics and future prospects in the league.