MINNEAPOLIS — As Timberwolves interim coach Ryan Saunders studied James Harden to choose a defensive game plan for the league’s top scorer, he said he was most struck by what he perceived as examples that Harden has been studying, too.
“I don’t think he gets enough credit for how he studies, in the off-season, too, because he’s seen every type of defense,” Saunders said. “You take one thing away and a lot of times he does something else great.
“There’s a lot of times you’re watching his games, just watching a month ago when we’re not even playing them, just watching on TV and you think to yourself, there’s not much more a defense can do in that situation. When you start preparing for him, you see even more how talented he is, what he does. A lot of things are game plan that you can try to shut off, but for a guy like him that can score in the A, B and C area, and also use the foul line as a positive, that’s hard to stop.”