Game Preview: Sixers At The Bulls; Hit The Road For Four More
After a short stop in Philadelphia to host the Chicago Bulls, the 76ers hit the road once again. They have four more beginning with the back end of the home and home with the Bulls in the rematch.
After dropping Monday’s game to the Bulls in double overtime, the Sixers (48-23) move back from the second seed in the East standings to third. Right behind the Boston Celtics who now have a full game up on Philadelphia. The 76ers have a 22-12 road record. They are three and a half games in front of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James Harden (left achilles soreness), P.J. Tucker (left ankle soreness), and Jalen McDaniels (right hip soreness) have all appeared on the latest injury report as questionable for tonight’s game. The obvious one to keep our eye on and monitor going forward is now the Achilles of Harden. Earlier in the season the 10-time All-Star missed 14 games due to a right foot tendon strain, but this is now the other foot/achilles that they are going to hope is right for the stretch run now and most importantly the playoffs.
In the 109-105 loss on Monday night, Harden arguably had one of his first performances of the season – shooting 2 for 14 from the floor, 0 for 6 from three-point range, and attempted just one free throw on the night in 46-plus minutes of play. Surprising that he could withstand that many minutes while dealing with that type of soreness. The achilles is tricky and not one to mess around with.
The Bulls snapped the Sixers’ eight-game winning streak and have won three games in a row. Joel Embiid dropped a game-high 37 points while also grabbing a game-best 16 rebounds. Tyrese Maxey added 22, De’Anthony Melton 19 including five made 3’s, and Tobias Harris 14. Zach Lavine led Chicago with 26 points, DeMar DeRozan with 25, and Nik Vucevic totaled 21 plus 12 boards.
PHI: Embiid, Harris, Tucker (questionable), Melton(for Harden?), and Maxey
CHI: Vucevic, Patrick Williams, DeRozan, LaVine, and Patrick Beverley