Sixers fans will get to watch James Harden live in a Sixers uniform for the first time tonight, as he makes his home debut. The Sixers play the Knicks at home, with tip at 7:30. Well I say that, but Sunday’s game vs the Knicks at Madison Square Garden felt like a home game. But tonight is the first time Harden takes the court in Philadelphia, and the excitement in town in palpable.
Allen Iverson did his part, and expressed his excitement to see James suit up in front of what he called the “best fans in the world.”
Harden also expressed his excitement after the Sixers last game in NY for making his home debut.
“Looking forward to Wednesday man. Tonight felt like we were in Philly, but the crowd is going to be turnt in there, and I am ready for it,”- James Harden after beating the Knicks on Sunday.
Getting into the game may not be easy though. Some of the cheapest tickets on the secondary market go for as high as $100. Sixers fans have been itching to see Harden play ever since the trade was announced a few weeks ago. With Harden, the Sixers are 2-0. They average 129 pts per game with him and have 58 assists. In that very small sample size, their offense has been elite. Granted its versus the T Wolves and the Knicks. But early on the Sixers fans have gotten everything they want and more from the Harden era.
The Sixers currently sit at 37-23. They are 1 game behind the Bulls for the 2 seed, and 3 behind the Heat for the 1 seed. The Bulls are off tonight, but the Heat play the Bucks. Meaning a Sixers win, and Heat loss, could place them a half game out of the 2 seed, and 2 games out of the 1 seed. They play both of those teams in the coming week, so if they stay hot they could gain a lot of ground on
Our coverage of Hardens Home Debut starts at 6 with Bob Cooney and Andrew Salciunas doing ‘Beers with Bob’ from Time Out Sports Bar in Skippack, Pa. Then Devon Givens has out pregame coverage starting at 7:20pm. And then Tom McGinnis is on the call at 7:30. Tonight is also our annual Knockout Tournament. So if you are one of our winners, remember to stay after the game to compete on the floor against fellow listeners in a game on Knockout. The Sixers Vice President of Communications Dave Sholler has the odds for who on the fanatic Staff has the best chance of winning tonight.
Need knockout odds for the Fanatic staff. If I were doing the numbers, I’d have Givens at -110, @jelynchjr at +120, @BobCooney76 at +300, @Pat_Egan at +550, @Brodes81 at +475, @TyJohnsonNews (out, broadcasting) at +225. Could see @asalciunas975 stealing it at +500— Dave Sholler (@DaveSholler) March 2, 2022