This looks SO bad

Losing really sucks. Everyone’s experienced it, but no one likes experiencing it. It’s basically a confirmation that all your hard work wasn’t good enough. Defeat is a very humbling thing, as is the act of accepting responsibility for it. But when someone deserves the blame, but doesn’t take responsibility, observers will take that as a sign of arrogance and inability to accept fault, both of which are troubling indictments.

This is the case with Houston Rockets players Chris Paul and James Harden after their series-ending loss against a weakened Golden State Warriors squad. Despite facing a potentially series-ending Game 6, on paper, the Rockets had a massive advantage against their adversaries because they were missing their best player, Kevin Durant, through injury.

Here’s the problem: The Rockets didn’t take advantage of the situation. In fact, they did the opposite. They allowed the Warriors to remain competitive throughout the game, even though Durant was out and Warriors point guard Stephen Curry scored no points in the first half. Honestly, it is inexcusable for the two Rockets’ stars, who were supposed to be Finals contenders.

Chris Paul is known as perhaps the quintessential point guard of this generation. Harden is the reigning league MVP and is in the running for this year’s MVP as well, so it’s already assumed that he’s one of the three best players in the league. With that in mind, it’s shocking that they have failed yet again to lead the Rockets past the Warriors, failing to do so for the third time in four years. It’s a damning indictment of the pair, neither of whom has enjoyed a taste of an NBA Championship. Despite their greatness, they may not be the right material to lead a team to the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

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