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Haters Gonna Hate The Houston Rockets

Apr 21, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) defends during the fourth quarter in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 97-96. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) defends during the fourth quarter in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 97-96. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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The Houston Rockets pulled a rabbit out of their hats against the Warriors—where them haters at? Red Nation, we live in the land of Haters. Haters gonna hate.

They are everywhere. Charles Barkley isn’t known for keeping his mouth shut. He let his knuckleheadery fly last night when he guaranteed the Houston Rockets would lose by ten. Why? He thinks the Rockets were playing with fake hustle. Fake hustle? I’m pretty sure you can’t fake that. But Houston Rockets CEO, Tad Brown, said Chuck would know because that’s all he did when he played for the Rockets. Sick burn.

@dfbarron Charles would know, his entire rockets career was fake hustle

— Tad Brown (@tadbbrown) April 22, 2016

While Harden hit a killer shot to clinch the game for the Houston Rockets, what does the national media and the Twitteratti want to focus on? The bench not exploding over Harden’s clutchness.

But Howard did celebrate; that fist-pop was enough. Capela went nuts. Brewer clapped. It’s silly to read into any reactions on the bench. The game wasn’t over. 2.7 second was enough for Golden State to have hit a game-winning shot. Chalk up the bench reactions to nervous energy, and not short-changing how good the Warriors are, with or without, Curry. Sam Dekker agrees.

probably the stupidest comment ever made but ok. was more concerned about getting a stop. We know beard gonna score! https://t.co/UF2y26c8jq

— Sam Dekker (@dekker) April 22, 2016

And Howard told the media today that anyone who says the bench was mad Harden made that shot (how ridiculous!) can shut up.

Howard big finish: “For all those people saying we weren’t happy and excited that James hit the shot, shut up.”

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) April 22, 2016

While Haters gonna hate, Draymond Green and James Harden showed sportsmanship and respect to each other. Harden hit a tough three pointer with Green all over him. Harden stared him down, they exchanged words, smiled and laughed. One of the best moments of the game.

Make sure you check out Space City Scoops end of season Rockets Round Table:

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