LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 29: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets points to the sky before the start in Game Five of the Western Conference First Round against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at the Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 29, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. 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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Game Five Is A Must Win For James Harden’s Career, Says NBA Analyst

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – AUGUST 24: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets warms up before game four against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 24, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. 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 Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets lead the Oklahoma City Thunder 48-45 at the half. James Harden led the way for the Rockets with 20 points, two rebounds and two assists. On the other side for the Thunder, Dennis Schröder led them in scoring with 19 points, one rebound, and one assist.

The series is currently tied 2-2, but if asked Brendan Haywood, who is one of the hosts of ‘ The ‎Opinionated 7-Footers podcast ‘, shared that game three against the Thunder is a most win not only for the series, but his entire career.

“Tomorrow I don’t know what the games are going to look like, but one game that I will be looking at is OKC versus Houston. This is a must win game for James Harden’s career… Career! They [Houston Rockets] can’t lose this series, if they go down three-two OKC will find a way to win one of those games,” said Haywood. “Down the stretch if they go down 3-2. James Harden and them boys got to get this game they were just up 2-0. There is no home court advantage. This is one of the most important game in James Harden’s career.”

He would continue on Harden’s career.

“If James Harden doesn’t make it out of first-round against OKC, every time he goes into the playoffs and doesn’t do well. It just makes people discount even more what he does in the regular season. James Harden at 6:30 pm Eastern time, he better bring it all, and not leave nothing on the floor. The lefty jumper better be floating because man if they don’t win this game, James Harden’s career people are not going to take it, I mean he is still great, but are going to say he scores when doesn’t matter.”

Harden has struggled in the postseason dating back to his time in Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals.

The Rockets lost against the Golden State Warrior in the Western Conference Finals in 2018, and against the Warriors in the 2019 Western Conference Semifinals in six games.

“We let opportunities slip away, opportunities in the last game, opportunities in Game 1 and 2,” said Harden.

“It was a pretty good year for us.” 

The current scored at the release of this article 91-67 Rockets at the 9:12 mark in the fourth quarter.

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Written by Landon Buford

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