James Harden breaks Austin River’s ankles, makes the game winner & deserves his coffee
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“Coffee’s for closers only. You think i’m f****n with you. I am not f****n with you”
One of the best scenes and speeches in film history is Alec Baldwin’s speech about closers in the 1992 film Glengarry Glen Ross. Closers in that film is referring to sales people that can close a deal. In the NBA, closers are clutch stars that make the big shots down the stretch and according to Rockets’ coach Kevin McHale, James Harden deserves his coffee.
“He’s our closer,” McHale said. “He did what closers do. He closed and we needed it.”
Harden’s “ankle breaker” on Austin Rivers might have been helped by a little push to the knee but he got away with it and made the shot afterwards and that’s all that matters.
James also finished with team highs of 26 points and 7 assists and Austin Rivers had 6 points and 4 rebounds in a game he will probably want to forget about.
Pelicans head coach Monty Williams was a lot more understanding than Alec Baldwin’s character would have been.
“Austin thought he got pushed. But in that situation, you’ve got to play tough. You can’t even ask for the refs to bail you out in that situation. It’s not going to happen.”