James Harden Gets Singled Out By Tyronn Lue After Clippers Drop Fourth Straight Game

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After the Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on November 12, head coach Tyronn Lue said James Harden is “being too polite.”

The Clippers are 0-4 with Harden in the lineup and The Beard hasn’t played particularly well.

“He’s being too polite,” Lue said. “I think he’s doing too much to try to fit in. So that’s on me. Just yesterday, we had a talk amongst the team and just he has to be James Harden. He led the league in assists the last two or three years and making plays and what he does in the pick-and-roll, he’s great. So, we have to allow him to be himself.”

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Harden is averaging 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.5 turnovers in four games with the Clippers. The 10-time All-Star is shooting 47.2% from the field and 36.8% from beyond the arc.

“I think the whole group hearing that and understanding that — listen, we’re going to play through James, he’s going to run pick-and-rolls, he’s going to make plays. They understood that,” Lue said. “And so just letting the group hear that in front of James. So now he feels more comfortable, but he doesn’t want to step on anybody’s toes, and I understand that just to have respect for PG, Kawhi, Russ, because they’ve been here. But we need James to be James, and so that’s on me to make sure I make him be James.”

Harden was a minus-28 in the Clippers-Grizzlies game. He has finished with a negative plus-minus in every game with LAC.

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The Clippers will look to get their first win with Harden against the Denver Nuggets on November 14. The Nuggets will be heavily favored to win that game.

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