From the first time James Harden had the ball in Sunday's 122-90 win over the Utah Jazz, it was clear he'd face the gimmicky defense the Milwaukee Bucks threw at him in the regular season.
Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 12 rebounds on 8-of-10 shooting.
In Houston's gentlemen's sweep of Utah last season, he took 8.6 free throws per game.
In the five-game series against Houston, he averaged 12.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks while shooting 71.4 percent from the field.
His net rating against Houston last postseason was still comfortably in the red, but minus-9.3 is better than minus-19.0.