Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Images
Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Hawks’ Bazemore explains being left behind by Harden

Kent Bazemore wanted to explain.

After the Hawks guard fell victim to a ridiculous move by Rockets guard James Harden during Tuesday’s game, the video of the play was all over social media. Harden put a move that spun Bazemore completely around before he drove an open lane to the basket for a layup.

It prompted the Rockets announcer to yell “Someone give Kent Bazemore a map so he can find James Harden.”

Bazemore wasn’t the first to fall victim to a move by Harden and he won’t be the last. He did take to social media to clarify on Wednesday.

He wrote: “Ok, I feel like you guys want an explanation…. It’s always a chess match against James Harden. One of the best iso players the game has ever seen. I use the spin on defense for better recovery. Either that or fall. (I chose the lesser of two evils). James likes to step back for the three when the ball is in his left hand which is why I moved up the floor after the spin. Had he done that, I would have been in solid position for the contest. Obviously, I guessed wrong and that’s what makes him such a great scorer. He’s patient with the dribble. There are a ton of things I couldve (SIC) done to put myself in a better position but when dealing with an assassin, they attack when you are most vulnerable. Great move, bro. All and all, I’m alive and well. Ready for the Jazz tomorrow.”

He signed his note PadLockBaze.

The affable Bazemore also posted on Twitter later. “Can’t have fun with it, then why do it?”

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.