Why Forcing Harden Right Has Been A Disaster For The Jazz

  • Published: 19 April 2019
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    James Harden is an offensive wizard and the king of the stepback 3. He has led the Rockets to a 2-0 lead over the Jazz while attacking a unique defensive strategy. The Jazz are giving Harden a lane and letting him create by finding shooters and throwing lobs to Capela. I analyze why the strategy is not working and contrast it with how the Bucks defended Harden last month. Offense, defense, NBA, playoffs. Warriors.

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Comments • 1 408

  • Jay Raiders
    Jay Raiders  1 months back

    This should be called “how flops and freethows will never win a championship” bitch ass 😂😂😂

    • Gacha_Clumsy
      Gacha_Clumsy  2 months back

      How does harden make step back 3s but not open ones?

      • Yo Gee
        Yo Gee  2 months back

        Believe it or not, sometimes it’s easier hitting slightly contested shots😂.

    • asdkfjasdl;kfjas
      asdkfjasdl;kfjas  2 months back

      Very insightful video, thx!

      • Your Name Here
        Your Name Here  2 months back

        Somehow james harden got 2 free throws watching this.

        • Tim Lance
          Tim Lance  2 months back

          and when Harden sees that he goes to his s̶t̶e̶p̶ ̶b̶a̶c̶k̶ travel and it's game over.

          • Jordi
            Jordi  2 months back

            Your voice is chato.

            • Antoine Vieille
              Antoine Vieille  2 months back

              Excellente ta vidéo !
              PS : Si toi aussi tu t'intéresses à la création d'entreprise, à la liberté financière ou au business en général, jette un oeil à ma chaîne, je vais y mettre tout ce que je sais, ainsi que mes résultats très prochainement :)

              • Robyn Timal
                Robyn Timal  2 months back

                can you break down the warriors defense when they are playing well vs when it's not right. Maybe using the 2nd game of 1st round vs clippers.

                • The Wiedźmin
                  The Wiedźmin  2 months back

                  The only reason that Bucks won that infamous game was that everything went wrong for Rockets and everything went right for the Bucks!
                  Give credit where it's due....they executed the plan close to perfection!

                  • Ilias Langas
                    Ilias Langas  1 months back

                    Bucks did the same exact thing the first time they met earlier this season, that game was not nationally televised though. Spoiler alert, they won that game too.

                • Brett Dieselberg
                  Brett Dieselberg  2 months back

                  So what you’re saying is Gobert isn’t the DPOY

                  • John Barrett
                    John Barrett  2 months back

                    It took the Jazz a while to figure out this defense but in games 3-5 they did much better and it caused those games to be close. The Jazz just didn't have the shooting to go along with the improved defense.

                    • Goku Sama
                      Goku Sama  2 months back

                      I was waiting for this

                      • Michael Angelo Paras
                        Michael Angelo Paras  2 months back

                        do the opposite.remove his right and just let him work with his strong side.He might turn into a psychosomatic shooter and miss most of them

                        • Daniel Moss
                          Daniel Moss  2 months back

                          Kind of looks like Rubio doesn't have the same wingspan as Bledsoe.

                          • SwiftyBros
                            SwiftyBros  2 months back

                            What i learned from this video. Bucks>Jizz

                            • Juhan Voolaid
                              Juhan Voolaid  2 months back

                              Yeah, I was surprised how static player Harden actually is. He can only finish on left side. But he has done some work with that and last game Harden's offense was much better. He did step-right to free himself up and have a room to shoot. So this defensive tactic won't be the end of him.

                              • Val The Gravedigger
                                Val The Gravedigger  2 months back

                                They're too loose on him unlike the Bucks did that they really stick to him even if there's a risk for foul trouble as Pippen said.

                                • MagCynic
                                  MagCynic  2 months back

                                  You know what's probably a better way to defend Harden? Just anticipate his step back. If you know he always fakes a drive before stepping back for a three, anticipate it and step back with him.

                                  • Christoph Essig
                                    Christoph Essig  2 months back

                                    he took stepback-3s to the right against the jazz ... the strategy is to prevent stepback-3s to the left, am i right?
                                    So i think, that he adapted plain and simple ... not to mention that 1 game isnt a great samplesize to conclude anything, tbh ... people tend to see paterns way to early or make conclusions based on very little information. thats my experience as a professional poker player, mathematician and last but not least as a human.

                                    • It's Live Meow
                                      It's Live Meow  2 months back

                                      It worked game 4 lol

                                      • Rowan Jones
                                        Rowan Jones  2 months back

                                        "predictably, Harden shakes O'Neale"... as Harden drives straight into O'Neale, delivers a nice shoulder tackle, and pushes off lol

                                        • MJL16739
                                          MJL16739  2 months back

                                          Love the videos man. It feels like I will wear glasses when I play now because of this

                                          • Richard Rejano
                                            Richard Rejano  2 months back

                                            oh well. thats what happens when you copy paste your assignment and not read it :P

                                            • Cornbrolio Mahan
                                              Cornbrolio Mahan  2 months back

                                              Game 3 and 4 it seemed to work huh

                                              • Sds T3
                                                Sds T3  2 months back

                                                And gobert is a better defender than lopez

                                                • Bao Khanh Tran
                                                  Bao Khanh Tran  2 months back

                                                  Now i have known how to embarass Harden

                                                  • JJ Mason
                                                    JJ Mason  2 months back

                                                    I keep wondering why the Harden step-back looks like traveling to my 40+ year-old basketball mind. Maybe because it is? Ever since the league began allowing the 3-step step-back (for only some players!), guys like Harden have become unguardable. If MJ had done that in his day, he'd have been called for traveling ...and if not ...he'd have averaged 40 points a game. I do think the NBA game should evolve as needed, but the 3-step step-back should be officially disallowed. IMO, it's rarely done legally (without traveling), as with the Euro-step, too.

                                                    • Tokoroegao
                                                      Tokoroegao  2 months back

                                                      Rockets Fans gonna hate you O.O

                                                      • Cow Crow
                                                        Cow Crow  2 months back

                                                        most of the fails cause they were not close enough. the forcing right works just that jazz not even def the pass. also jazz reaching in rather than just sticking to him.

                                                        • Bikewreckboss
                                                          Bikewreckboss  2 months back

                                                          Your voice is so cringe. Why do you talk like that

                                                          • Paul Bryan
                                                            Paul Bryan  2 months back

                                                            Have you shared this to the official Jazz Twitter? I think they really need to see this

                                                            • Coach Daniel
                                                              Coach Daniel   2 months back

                                                              I have not. Though in game 3 (I didn't watch game 4) they did a much better job on Harden.

                                                          • DIVAD291
                                                            DIVAD291  2 months back

                                                            I don't know much about modern basketball. But at 3:56 (thats just one example he does it constantly)Harden charges into the other guy and pushes him away before stepping. This seems like a borderline unbeatable strategy so why don't players constantly charge into the defending player like that? What exactly beats this strategy that Harden constantly uses of pushing other players/charging into them?

                                                            When I watched basketball im pretty sure this was illegal...why did they change that? and why aren't other players abusing this same strategy?

                                                            • what the
                                                              what the  2 months back

                                                              Whats funny are the people who laughed at rubio in facebook when he was able to do it correctly. They even went as far as to make a meme of it showing their stupidity even more. 😂

                                                              • Jalen Wilkie
                                                                Jalen Wilkie  2 months back

                                                                The defense has not been a disaster?
                                                                It’s helping! Their poor offensive ratings all around the board is why they’re losing. It’s offensive not defense.

                                                                • Kevin McClain
                                                                  Kevin McClain  2 months back

                                                                  Focusing everything on James Harden is a huge mistake. Simple fact - the Bucks got VERY lucky that the rest of the Rockets players went ice-cold. Harden was finding plenty of open looks for assists, but the players he was feeding (Tucker, Gordon, Rivers, etc.) were failing to make their defender-less shots. Had they had any level of success, the Bucks would have been forced to relinquish this very dumb strategy of giving Harden a wide-open run to the basket and pulling in two defenders in the paint to help Bledsoe out. I'm astounded that people actually watched this game and thought that Bledsoe did something positive to affect the outcome. Clearly, the Jazz were certain that lightning would strike twice, but that has proved to be fool's gold. It's not just about positioning like you make it sound at the 2-minute mark, as Bledsoe was getting lost in Harden's 0-60 burst moves routinely. Also, it clearly failed the Bucks in the first quarter, where the Rockets were firing on all cylinders, and were pounding the Bucks into oblivion. After that, scoring efficiency tanked, and the Rockets never regained any semblance of consistency (especially in the 3rd quarter). If they do happen to both make the Finals, and the Bucks try this strategy again, I'm positive it will fail them.

                                                                  TLDR - It only worked for the Bucks because the rest of the Rockets couldn't put the ball in the hole.

                                                                  • Jason Knight
                                                                    Jason Knight  2 months back

                                                                    Nice one - makes a lot of sense.

                                                                    • Hurbii
                                                                      Hurbii  2 months back

                                                                      The only problem is allowing James to travel on every 3...

                                                                      • Alex K.
                                                                        Alex K.  2 months back

                                                                        This doesn't work anymore, some one torned this Video to Harden, so he provide to upgrade the strategy ;)) now jazz need new tricks to beat them...and its all ur foult xD

                                                                        • Willis Koomson
                                                                          Willis Koomson  2 months back

                                                                          Great videos man! You've added real value.

                                                                          • Shane Meredith
                                                                            Shane Meredith  2 months back

                                                                            In the old days it wasn't called a Back Step jumper, it was called the 5 Step Travel.

                                                                          • Rollin Leonard
                                                                            Rollin Leonard  2 months back

                                                                            gobert doesn't have a very high "SP0rTs Iq" so it makes sense he doesn't understand a non-standard defensive scheme. definitely on the coach for not getting out flash cards or making him do it more in practice.

                                                                            • Nova6Sol
                                                                              Nova6Sol  2 months back

                                                                              Bucks defense against Harden is basically what Pippen said on air for how he would play him. https://youtu.be/G7dIE3KT6lU?t=89

                                                                              not sure who did it first though

                                                                              • An Equal
                                                                                An Equal  2 months back

                                                                                Looks like a project a coach does to get excepted into a coaching staff at a school

                                                                                • killakev0
                                                                                  killakev0  2 months back

                                                                                  Guys. The point of the defensive strategy the Bucks and now jazz are using is to force the other players to beat you. Everyone keeps saying “it doesn’t work if the players are hitting their shots” duh, no defensive strat works against a team who’s making their shots. The point is to force them to make them. You bank on the lesser talented players being able to beat you and consistently hit shots. When the bucks did it, what happened, the lesser players could hit shots. Stately success. The jazz haven’t 100% bought into it and that’s why they are struggling. They don’t trust themselves. First 2 games harden cooked them. The 3rd game it was working perfectly! Harden was 0-15 through 3 quarters and jazz were actually winning at some points, but, they didn’t follow through and ultimately let the one person who you are keeping from scoring score. Point being. You’re taking harden out the game and counting on the weaker players to beat you. If they do, oh well. You keep the same strategy and you bet that they can’t do it again. If you take away harden the rockets are not that good.

                                                                                  • sixtyFive Watts
                                                                                    sixtyFive Watts  2 months back

                                                                                    1:54 did he arrive at his destination?

                                                                                    • Jackson Messenger
                                                                                      Jackson Messenger  2 months back

                                                                                      3-20 doesn't seem too bad

                                                                                      • James Flanagan
                                                                                        James Flanagan  2 months back

                                                                                        Would LOVE to see you do a breakdown on the Jazz defense in game 3! The differences in that game and the first 2! I'm a HUGE Rockets fan and I bit all my fingernails to the quick pretty much watching this game!

                                                                                        • Merkin 101
                                                                                          Merkin 101  2 months back

                                                                                          TLDW George Hill is one of the better defenders in the league...watch what he does and emulate that. gg