Adidas’ James Harden Gives Lackluster Performance in Final NBA Playoff Game

James Harden has been discussed as a potential regular-season MVP candidate. But his performance Thursday night, in what would be his team’s final NBA playoff game of the season, was anything but valuable.

Harden, an Adidas athlete, had a forgettable game in the 114-75 throttling of his Houston Rockets by the San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center in Houston. The All-Star guard scored just 10 points, on 2-of-11 shooting from the field, in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals, including nailing 2-of-9 three-pointers.

James Harden Adidas Harden Vol. 1
James Harden, wearing the Adidas Harden Vol. 1, walks off the court during the Rockets’ NBA Playoff loss.
CREDIT: REX Shuterstock.

This offensive drought was atypical of Harden, who posted 43 points in Game 3 of the series. Prior to Game 6, Harden’s lowest output had been in Game 2, when he scored just 13 points in a 121-96 loss.

On Thursday night, Harden rocked a black-and-white iteration of his first signature shoe with Adidas, the Harden Vol. 1. The shoe is in stores now and retails for $140.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1

Adidas Harden Vol. 1, $140; finishline.com

While Harden and the Rockets will have to wait until next season to get revenge, the San Antonio Spurs move on to face Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Western Conference Finals.

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