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Stephen A. Smith calls out Tim Hardaway Jr- “You’re gonna have a long offseason, brother”

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Tim Hardaway Jr., the Dallas Mavericks’ small forward, has been facing challenges on the court recently. Despite being a key piece in the team’s future success, his recent performance has left fans and analysts disappointed.

Tim Hardaway Jr.’s Struggles

During a crucial playoff game, Tim Hardaway Jr. played for a mere 19 minutes. Shockingly, he failed to score a single point. Yes, you read that correctly—zero points. But it doesn’t end there. Hardaway’s stat line was equally perplexing: no fouls recorded. Not one. For a player of his caliber, this performance was far from what fans and analysts expected. Let’s break down the stats:

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  • Points (PTS): Hardaway Jr. averaged 14.4 points per game during the 2023-24 season.
  • Rebounds (REB): He grabbed an average of 3.2 rebounds per game.
  • Assists (AST): His assist average was 1.8 per game.
  • Field Goal Percentage (FG%): Unfortunately, his field goal percentage was just 40.2%

Stephen A. Smith calls out Tim Hardaway Jr- “You’re gonna have a long offseason, brother" - THE SPORTS ROOM

Stephen A. Smith’s Critique

 

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Enter Stephen A. Smith, the outspoken ESPN commentator known for his fiery takes. Smith didn’t hold back when discussing Hardaway Jr.’s lackluster outing.

A recent tweet by Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) ignites a discussion surrounding NBA player performance under pressure. The tweet reads:

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“Stephen A. Smith goes at Tim Hardaway Jr.: “

“You’re gonna have a long offseason, brother. 19 minutes and not a single point. Not only did he not score a single point, but he also didn’t have a foul. He didn’t even have the decency to record a foul.”

Smith’s words cut deep, highlighting the disappointment felt by fans and the basketball community. Hardaway Jr.’s performance was not only subpar but also lacked the hustle and aggression expected from an NBA player.

In team sports like basketball, every player’s contribution matters. Whether it’s scoring points, making defensive stops, or providing energy off the bench, each role is crucial. Hardaway Jr.’s inability to impact the game left fans questioning his commitment and dedication.

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