The Brooklyn Nets haven't had the start to the season that they were hoping for. Initially, there was a lot of concern, especially given Kyrie Irving's removal from the team after his decision not to get vaccinated. But with the star duo of Kevin Durant and James Harden, their championship expectations remained alive.

But so far, the Nets haven't lived up to those expectations. Most notably, James Harden has struggled offensively and has not been able to put up the numbers that we are accustomed to seeing from the 2018 MVP. 

Some believe that the NBA's recent rule changes with regard to drawing fouls have had a major impact on Harden's game. James Harden was incredibly adept at drawing fouls and making his way to the free-throw line. But now, that weapon has been taken out of his arsenal.

Harden had a poor night against the Charlotte Hornets, making 6 of his 16 shots, and only 2 of his 8 three-pointers. He was only able to make it to the foul line once in the game and even turned the ball over 8 times during the game. It was far from a signature performance from Harden.