The Sixers have had a hell of a season. Despite being the 3 seed, the Sixers have been perhaps the best team in the NBA since the new year began. A lot of that relies on how great of a duo Joel Embiid and James Harden have been. When they are on the court together, the Sixers are nearly unstoppable. But the concern is will they both be healthy for the playoffs? James Harden has missed the last few games while nursing an achilles injury. And to discuss if Harden will be healthy in time for the Playoffs, Anthony Gargano talked to Keith Pompey from the Philly Inquirer.
"I think Harden is going to be the wild card." - @PompeyOnSixers on the potential playoff run for the Sixers in the playoffs— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) March 27, 2023
Not exactly a comforting answer. The truth is we do not know much and won’t until we see him on the court. What we do know is that the Sixers badly need him healthy. Because as we saw from the past few games, the Sixers are a different team when he does not play. They do not have another player who can facilitate like him. It forces Tyrese Maxey into that role, and that does not make the best use of Maxey’s skills. As Keith Pompey pointed out, they need Harden to bring out the best in Maxey.
"Who do they have as a point guard that is going to get Maxey the ball in the right spot when Harden isn't playing?" - @PompeyOnSixers questioning the depth of the 76ers at the point guard position— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) March 27, 2023
The Sixers probably aren’t going anywhere without Harden. His health is far more important than seeding or anything that will happen in the final games of the regular season. Hopefully, he will come back healthy and there will be no reason to be concerned. But without him, the Sixers are not going to get very far. He is far too important to the team.
"Embiid is the league MVP -- but right now, Harden has proven to be the team MVP." - @PompeyOnSixers— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) March 27, 2023
You can listen to Anthony Gargano’s full conversation with Keith Pompey here…
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