Fans of the Philadelphia 76ers are feeling very uneasy right now.
That’s because their team has been beaten twice in a row by the Miami Heat and are in a pretty big hole in the second round of the playoffs.
After such a promising season and a monster, blockbuster trade that was supposed to increase their chances of making the Finals, are the 76ers about to be swept?
James Harden: “We’re a confident group…we’re gonna a go home, do what we have to do, and we’ll be back here for Game 5.” #Sixers
— Ky Carlin (@Ky_Carlin) May 5, 2022
James Harden doesn’t think so.
Following their bitter Game 2 loss, Harden assured the fans – and the team – that they can still turn things around.
“We’re a confident group,” Harden said.
“We’re gonna go home, do what we have to do, and we’ll be back here for Game 5,” he continued.
But is there any reason to believe that the 76ers have the ability to right the wrongs and get things back on track?
Philadelphia’s difficulties shouldn’t be surprising considering the devastating loss they just experienced.
Joel Embiid is currently out of action because of an injury and the team is desperately missing him.
Embiid is the centerpiece of the team, its heart and soul, and its most important offensive and defensive unit.
Without him, the team’s biggest flaws have been laid bare and totally exposed.
They just don’t function as well without Embiid running the show.
The good news is that Embiid’s rumored return should be soon.
Some reports say that he could even be back for the next game.
If that’s true then Harden’s prediction about the team getting it together and doing what they have to do could come true.
However, if Embiid remains out and the team continues to play as they have been, this series is as good as done.