The Jazz used a radical defensive strategy on James Harden that backfired, and it showed how unguardable he has become

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  • The Utah Jazz deployed a radical and unusual defensive strategy against James Harden that backfired.
  • The Jazz gave Harden open drives to his right, keeping one defender on his hip, trying to corral Harden to center Rudy Gobert. The Milwaukee Bucks effectively deployed this strategy against Harden this season.
  • Harden, however, shredded the defense, exposing some flaws in the Jazz’s system.
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How unstoppable is James Harden? The Utah Jazz tried to slow him down by only letting him score in one way. Unfortunately, for the Jazz, it didn’t work.

The Houston Rockets beat the Jazz in Game 1 of the playoffs on Sunday. One big takeaway from the matchup was that the Jazz will need to find a new way to guard Harden.

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