We’ve got some big news in the Eastern Conference.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the 76ers’ James Harden will miss the next month with a right foot injury.
Harden, who came to the organization via a blockbuster trade that included Ben Simmons last season, has averaged 22.0 points, 10.0 assists, and 7.0 rebounds over his first nine games this season.
Philly finally started to find its groove after beginning the season in an 0-3 hole. They have won four of their last six games – which included a victory over the Chicago Bulls – and quickly moved back into the top half of the conference. While there is no question Joel Embiid is talented enough to keep them on the right track, there is also no question that losing Harden for a month could prove to be quite the blow.
If Harden can’t find a way to return before December 3rd, the superstar point guard is in line to miss 15 games. And I think we can all agree that, in one of the most tightly contested Eastern Conferences we’ve seen in quite some time, there is a world where Philly looks back at this upcoming stretch with frustration come playoff time.