Jazz gave James Harden a case of Resting Beard Face

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May 3, 2018 11:47 am Published by

The Jazz beat the Rockets, 116-108, in Game 2 of their series on Wednesday. James Harden shot just 9-for-22, and Houston went just 10-for-37 from deep. The bigger problem was that Utah found ways to score relatively easily for a team that should struggle to score against a top defense. Joe Ingles had 27 points on 13 shots. Alec Burks had 17 on 11 off the bench.

On the podium, a reporter suggested Harden had been irritated by the Jazz and by the officiating during the game. A brief transcript via Ben Golliver (click through for video):

Reporter: “You had that irritated look.”

Harden: “What’s that?”

Reporter: “You know, ‘I’m not getting a call …’”

Harden: “I look like that all the time. That’s just my facial expression. I think it’s the beard.”

It’s probably not just the beard: the Jazz generally and Joe Ingles specifically will do that to you. Ask anyone in Oklahoma City. This series gets mighty, mighty interesting if Utah takes Game 3 at home. We’ll find out if they can pull it off Friday.

Wednesday’s Score

Jazz 116, Rockets 108
Series tied 1-1
Recaps: SLC Dunk | The Dream Shake

Thursday’s Schedule

Cavaliers at Raptors, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN
Cleveland leads 1-0

Sixers at Celtics, 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Boston leads 1-0

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Look, 6 o’clock weekday tips are necessary in the playoffs when you have two East Coast series going and playing on the same day, as we do on Thursday. They are bad, though. Let’s all acknowledge that 6 o’clock weekday tips are bad. The NBA should schedule series such that they are avoided, for they are so bad.

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