NBA Fans Troll James Harden Over Video of Clippers Star Trying to Block Kawhi Leonard

Joseph LogoFeatured Columnist IVMarch 21, 2024

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 05:  James Harden #1 and Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers converse during a timeout in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on February 05, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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James Harden momentarily let his intrusive thoughts win during the Los Angeles Clippers’ 116-103 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

During the third quarter, Harden intentionally closed out on teammate Kawhi Leonard in the corner and attempted to block Leonard’s three-point attempt. Fortunately for Los Angeles, the possession still ended in a made bucket after Harden found a wide-open Amir Coffey on the perimeter.

Some fans were left perplexed by what the 10-time All-Star was thinking.

Arlos Sara @ArlosNicias

The real reason why James Harden tried to block Kawhi

christopher. @316christopher

i keep watching this trying to figure out if harden forgot where he was and thought he was in a drill or something or if he thought it would just be a cool highlight if kawhi made it? i’m lost

Joe O @JoeFromStCloud

That’s James Harden’s hand attempting to block Kawhi Leonard’s three-point attempt last night, which he missed

Positive: That’s some of the best defense James Harden has ever played

Negative: Harden and Leonard are teammates

That Guy @TooFlyFree23

No way James Harden contested Kawhi Leonard’s three point shot last night 😂😂😂😂…

Luke Dougherty @lukedougherty99

Tbh Harden is just making sure Kawhi doesn’t get used to an open look. He’ll need to hit those contested j’s in the playoffs. Championship level play by The Beard.

Harden told reporters he was generally trying to lighten the mood in the locker room and give the team something to laugh about.

Law Murray 🧭 @LawMurrayTheNU

James Harden on closing out on Kawhi

Fun Team!

It’s not totally unheard of for Harden to be covertly working as a sleeper agent against his own team; it’s just that it’s typically reserved for whenever he has requested a trade or in the postseason.

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