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NBA Playoffs Star Power Index: Kawhi Leonard can’t miss, James Harden can’t see, and the Joker’s wild in Denver

Also, K.D. is a consistent force, Kyrie Irving will be just fine after a rough Game 2 and Giannis can now kill you with 3s

Harden said he “barely could see” after briefly leaving Houston’s Game 2 loss to the Warriors with a lacerated left eyelid. Harden gutted it out and still managed to score 29 points on relatively efficient shooting marks, but the Rockets are still in a 2-0 hole and now face what is, in all reality, a must-win in Game 3 on Saturday back in Houston. The Rockets already have to win four of the next five games to win this series. There is no chance they are coming back from a 3-0 deficit.

Harden and the Rockets made headlines after their Game 1 loss as well, effectively blaming the officiating and the multiple 3-point attempts on which they felt they were fouled but that went uncalled. Harden said he just wanted a “fair chance” against the Warriors, which had a lot of people shaking their head at the irony of a guy who has spent years completely blurring the line between what is and isn’t a foul, duping refs right and left and benefiting outrageously for it, talking about fair chances. Ask yourself: Is this a fair chance?

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