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James Harden is a walking bucket, no doubt about it. No matter how the opposite defenders guard him, he will always find a way to get points. However, there are nights where the Beard isn’t feeling himself and has discrete games.

One user Reddit found a very curious correlation between Harden’s bad play on the road and the quality of strip clubs in that city.

Via Reddit user u/AngryCentrist:

“Everyone knows James Harden has a particular affinity for the Canadian ballet, aka strip clubs. After the Rocket’s dismal performance in Miami last week, and the city’s reputation for high quality tit-shacks, I became increasingly curious to see just how much James Harden’s vice affects his game. So here we are, I spent the better part of the work week on this, hope y’all enjoy!

Hypothesis: James Harden’s box score declines in cities with high quality strip clubs

Test: Analyze James Harden’s performance in every NBA city and correlate with those cities’ reputation for strip clubs to see if there is any discernible relationship.”

He pretty much states that Harden plays terribly in Miami, which has some of the best strip clubs in the U.S., contrary to what happens when he plays in Toronto, which has some of the worst.

“I have proven, to a statistically significant degree, that James Harden’s game performance declines in cities with higher rated strip clubs.

Correlation Coefficient – r – (between avg strip club rating and total # of sub-par games) = .4575

Given the nature of the subject matter, this would be considered a moderate-to-strong correlation.

Coefficient of Determination – r2 – (between avg strip club rating and total # of sub-par games) = .21

This means that James Harden’s box score is 20% predictable based on the quality of a city’s strip clubs

Other interesting facts:

Harden’s best performance comes in city with the worst strip clubs – Toronto

Harden’s worst performance comes in city with the best strip clubs – Miami

Salt Lake city has the 3rd-ranked strip clubs of all NBA cities lol”

A lot of free time? A huge curiosity? We don’t know, but this Reddit user earned our respect. Not all heroes wear capes.

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