Harden represents so many things that fans hate about basketball: constantly forcing the refs to decide on block/charge calls because he initiates contact; slowing the game down at the free throw line; flopping; no defense (he’s better this year, but should he be rewarded after all those years of matador defense?); and always pushing the line with traveling.

I’m amazed that Harden keeps getting away with his new trick where he hooks his left arm around his opponent’s right arm and then carries it for a couple of steps until he goes into his shooting motion.

The league has ruled against the intentional leg kick by three-point shooters to draw contact and eliminated Kobe’s old swing-the-arms-through-a-defender while going up for a shot. Here’s hoping the Harden hook is outlawed in the next series.

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