So Harden scored 25 on 50% shooting and Gordon did a good job, but Gordon goes 2-12 and it was because of an off shooting night?
Gordon was not the only person guarding Harden. Watching the game, Gordon was in his pocket a lot and made it hard on Harden. As for Gordon, he missed a lot of open shots that he normally makes. Pure % does not tell the defensive story. If a guy is off, he may be wide open but only shoot like 15% (like Gordon did last night). Does that mean the defense was good? No, he was open. It just means he shot poorly, but you can't judge that off of stats alone.
This post was edited on 1/10 at 1:41 pm