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Rockets bench reaction to Harden’s game winner was... underwhelming

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Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, left, battles Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green for a rebound during the second half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


James Harden hit the biggest shot of the Rockets’ season, driving the length of the court with 10.6 seconds left, spinning to the middle, pushing off on Andre Iguodala (no way that call is getting made, smart veteran play by Harden), and hitting the step-back 13 footer.

Ballgame. The Rocket bench erupted in... actually, it didn’t erupt.

Well, Clint Capela was pumped.

But Dwight Howard, Corey Brewer, Terrence Jones and the rest have the same look the rest of us get on our face when we hear the announcement “due to mechanical issues we’re going to have to sit here on the tarmac for a while.” They look like they just heard the IRS is auditing them. I could go on, but you get the idea.

Yes, maybe there are legitimate reasons for this reaction — they knew he would score and were concerned about getting the next stop has been the company line — but on a team with well-documented chemistry issues, it makes you wonder.