James Harden led the Rockets past the Warriors in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinals series in Houston on Saturday night, holding Golden State off 126-121 in overtime.
The win was a welcome sign for Rockets fans on multiple fronts. It not only marked their first win of the series, but they also got to see Harden bounce back after suffering a rough eye injury in Game 2 — when he was poked by Draymond Green while going for a rebound. Harden left the game right after the incident on Tuesday before returning in the second quarter, but later admitted he could “barely see” through his bloodshot and swollen eyes during the game.
While he insisted multiple times on Saturday he could see fine, James was still asked about his eyes after the game — mainly because they are still very red.
“Considering how they still look, were your eyes affecting you or bothering you at all tonight?” a reporter asked him.
Harden, though, seemed confused.
“What do you mean, ‘How they look?’” he asked.
So Chris Paul stepped in to help.
“You look crazy,” Paul told a straight-faced Harden. “We love you, though.”
"You look crazy... we love you, though."— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 5, 2019
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While he may “look crazy,” especially in his left eye, it clearly didn’t impact his game.
Harden dropped 41 points while playing 45 minutes in the win, and shot 14 of 32 from the field. He also grabbed nine rebounds and had six assists with just three turnovers.
Most importantly, though, he led the Rockets to their first win in the series — and will attempt to back that up with another in Game 4 on Monday night. It seems that, at least for now, all is well for the reigning league MVP.
Adam Sandler joins in on ‘Saturday Night Live’
Jokes about Harden’s eyes weren’t limited to the Toyota Center on Saturday night.
Comedian Adam Sandler hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time, finally making his return to the show that helped launch his career.
Sandler broke out his classic “Opera Man” skit during the show’s “Weekend Update” segment, and started hilariously singing about Harden’s incident with Green in Game 2.
And, of course, he couldn’t resist trying to recruit both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to the New York Knicks.
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