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James Harden’s harm: Joel Embiid may not be prepared to hold the load


Philadelphia sports activities has been on a scorching streak currently, with the Phillies at present within the World Collection and solely two video games away from a title; the Eagles are the one undefeated staff left within the NFL and play the Texans on Thursday night time (which can be a bye for the Eagles) and the Union are on their method to the MLS Finals. Sadly, the newest Philly sports activities information is not one thing anybody might be cheering for.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski stories James Harden, the Philadelphia 76ers’ star level guard, is predicted to overlook a month with a proper foot tendon pressure suffered taking part in the Wizards on Wednesday night time.

After all, there isn’t any good time for a major harm to one among your star gamers, however this explicit harm is compounded by the truth that Joel Embiid has missed three of the final 4 video games with “knee administration” and “non-COVID sickness”. And everyone knows the East is not the cupcake convention it was once.

The Harden harm may have the 76ers taking part in catchup all 12 months

The 76ers’ had been already off to a sluggish begin this season, sitting at present at 4-5 and eighth within the Japanese Convention. Usually, data for contending groups aren’t an enormous deal within the East which has been the weaker of the 2 conferences, however that has not been the case the final two years.

Groups just like the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, and Toronto Raptors have continued to climb the standings annually. Then you’ve gotten the same old suspects just like the Milwaukee Bucks, the lone undefeated staff within the NBA at 7-0 even with out Kris Middleton who has but to play a sport this season. The Boston Celtics (4-3) have handled their very own points however are nonetheless anticipated to be on the prime of the standings by the tip of the 12 months and the Miami Warmth (4-5) have been among the best groups within the NBA the previous couple of years.

Who can step up for the 76ers

Tyrese Maxey, the Sixers promising younger guard, will assume a lot of the playmaking duties going ahead. On the season, Maxey is averaging 24.2 factors and three.4 assists. The latter quantity might want to improve if Philly hopes to keep away from falling even additional behind within the standings. Outdoors of Maxey and Embiid, the much-maligned Tobias Harris must step out of the shadows and show he’s nonetheless price his max contract.

De’Anthony Melton, the combo guard acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies, may also tackle a extra vital position over the subsequent month because the 76ers’ attempt to tread water till Harden is again within the lineup. Luckily, Melton has been a Swiss Military knife off the bench however he missed his final sport with again stiffness.

In the end, it comes all the way down to back-to-back MVP runner-up Joel Embiid who’s had a sluggish begin to the season thanks largely to some foot points in the summertime that left him in less-than-optimal sport form to start out the season. Embiid has believed he ought to have been MVP the final two years, and now he has an opportunity to show that time with out the Beard working level. However the Sixers may also have to be cautious to not overtax their huge star earlier than he’s prepared or they danger having each their prime gamers in avenue garments on the identical time. Or worse.

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