Harden isn’t worried about his physical condition.
The Philadelphia 76ers won 117-110 in a match against the Toronto Raptors in the 2022-2023 NBA regular season held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on the 1st (메이저놀이터hereinafter Korean time).
Philadelphia is a team challenging the championship to put an end to ‘The Process’. The one-two punch Joel Embiid and James Harden, who represent the league, are at the forefront. Embiid has been reborn as a strong season MVP candidate this season and is doing his part.
Embiid also showed off his strength that day, recording 25 points and 12 rebounds. However, Harden’s atmosphere is unusual. An Achilles tendon injury is holding him back.
Harden has been struggling with an Achilles tendon injury in recent years. He has been haunted by the evil spirits of his injuries all season as well.
In response, Philadelphia head coach Doc Rivers expressed concern, saying, “I’m taking care of James Harden’s physical condition. But I’m always worried. We’ve been doing everything we can for Harden’s health over the past few weeks.” .
However, Harden showed off the aspect of the basketball guru we knew that day and delivered a message not to worry. He started to pour in an onslaught in the second quarter. Harden posted 15 points and 6 assists in the second quarter alone with accurate 3-point shots and excellent game management. The score in the second quarter was 46-27, Philadelphia’s overwhelming advantage.
Harden, who rode the momentum, finished the game with 23 points and 11 assists and a field goal success rate of 64.3% (9/14). Thanks to this, Philadelphia recorded a winning streak after a losing streak, and succeeded in reversing the atmosphere ahead of the playoffs.
In a post-game interview, Harden simply said he was “in good shape” about his injury.
With the victory, Philadelphia recorded 51-26 and maintained 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia’s next schedule is against the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics. The two teams are placed 1st and 2nd in the East, respectively.
It remains to be seen whether Harden can maintain his health and show off his competitiveness against two powerful teams.