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Stephen A. Smith and Jeff Passan react to Yankees getting "beaten down" by Houston Astros

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith and Jeff Passan react to the Yankees getting "outclassed" by the Astros in the ALCS losing four straight games to end their season. The guys examine the Astros consistent dominance of the Yankees in recent years, why the Yankees aren't spending money like the Mets, and how the Yankees need a pitching staff that can shut offenses down like Houston's.

Watching Yankees fans have to eat crow on live television is certainly one of my guilty pleasures. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Enjoy!

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James Harden returned to Houston Monday night and lost to the Rockets in double overtime. After the game, Harden complimented the maturation of the Rockets young players, and had some nice things to say about Houston.

Harden has a player option and can opt out after the season, which has some Rockets fans wondering if he would consider returning to Houston and taking over as the team's primary ball handler.

Plus, Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has said he wouldn't rule out Harden returning at some point.

Be sure to watch the video above as we break down all the angles involving a potential fit for James Harden with Houston's young core of players, and much more.

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