Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable. It's not just the fact that a seemingly ageless 39 year old swatted an MVP candidate's game tying three point attempt in triumphant fashion. It's that he looked like a 39 year old playing his youngest son 1-on-1 in the driveway when he did it. James Harden was 10 years old when San Antonio drafted Manu Giniboli, and you would have thought he was still 10 years old with the way he got baited into that block. Think back to the days when your dad stopped letting you beat him and started to use the fact that he was bigger than you to his advantage. I'm not Jewish so the closest thing I had to a rite of passage was driving past the old man thinking I had an open lay-up only for him to force feed me the basketball like it had the same nutritional value of the vegetables I tossed in the trash. That's essentially what the savviest of veterans did to one of the best pure scorers in the entire NBA during one of the most pressure packed moments of these (otherwise boring) playoffs.
James Harden shot didn't even get returned to its sender, because it literally got swiped from his hands before he could even mail it out. He basically got bullied by someone whose been around this same block about a dozen times. The NBA's elder statesmen played the role of the irrationally hands-on coach to someone that moved the ball in overtime less than the cocky kid that thinks he's too good for his youth basketball team. The Rockets ran their offense as though they were actively trying to lose, and the most seasoned member of their opposition proved that there is something to the theory that wisdom comes with age. With Kawhi Leonard sitting on the bench with a sore ankle, it's a good thing that he did.