Rockets’ head coach Stephen Silas on critics claiming James Harden is not ‘playing hard’

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The Houston Rockets claimed their third win of the season over the short-handed Orlando Magic Friday night with James Harden finishing the game with a double-double of 15 points and 13 assists.

During the post-game media presser, the Rockets’ head coach Stephen Silas was called to answer a question about the notion that James Harden is not playing hard enough.

Stephen Silas shut down those claims by telling reporters that he is pretty happy with his superstar’s play early in the season.

“He’s done everything I’ve needed him to do. He’s played on the ball, off the ball. He’s played defense…That’s not what I see from him or the group,” Silas said.

The James Harden slander came up after attempting just 13 shots against the Orlando Magic Friday. Of course, this number is uncharacteristically low for a ‘heavy-weight’ scoring machine like Harden.

Prior to Friday’s match at Toyota Center, the former league MVP had been averaging 29.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 11.0 assists and 1.2 steal in five games.