With the NBA playoffs only a few weeks away it is important to make sure players have fresh legs for the postseason.
Following an overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls, James Harden reportedly visited the head athletic trainer.
Undoubtedly, this was a brutal performance for Harden as he posted 5 points (2-14 FG) and 5 turnovers.
Harden has missed several games this past week due to left foot soreness.
Earlier in the season Harden missed 14 games with a right foot tendon strain.
This time of the year is extremely competitive because every game is crucial for seeding.
At this point, a decision needs to be made regarding Harden’s injury status.
Against the Bulls he seemed very disconnected from the game down the stretch, but it’s not known if he was fatigued or the injury was nagging him.
Obviously, there are tons of reasons to have Harden on the court for the remainder of the season. He can help his teammate (Joel Embiid) make a strong push for his first MVP trophy.
On top of that, he can lead the 76ers to secure one of the top seeds in the Eastern Conference.
But, it’s vital to have James Harden 100% healthy in the playoffs.
Management will have a difficult decision on their hands in the upcoming week.
Harden shouldn’t be forcing himself to play on the court, so Doc Rivers might want to rest him for a few games at least.
Philadelphia plays their next four games on the road, and then return home on March 29th to face the Dallas Mavericks.
The Sixers are a better team with Harden playing, but they are not doomed if they sideline him for some of the next matchups.
Tyrese Maxey has demonstrated he can score with ease and contribute to Philly’s offensive success.
Hopefully, the Sixers make the proper choices in preparing for a confident run during the playoffs.
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