The Philadelphia 76ers have been fighting hard all season, with decidedly mixed results, and currently, sit at 5th in the East with a 12-9 record.
They haven’t been dealt the easiest hand, with multiple stars experiencing injuries that have kept them sidelined.
The biggest injury so far this season has been James Harden‘s.
Harden has been out of the game since the start of November due to a strained foot.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) November 30, 2022
Now we are hearing talk of his upcoming return date.
“I’m told James Harden is targeting a return for next Monday in Houston,” Shams Charania told Pat McAfee.
Harden’s return to the game would be big for multiple reasons: it would help the 76ers get better and it would also have Harden playing against his former team, the Houston Rockets.
All summer long, there was plenty of talk about how Harden would play in 2022-23.
He made multiple statements about his drive, his athleticism, and his desire to get the 76ers all the way to the NBA Finals.
Harden has put his money where his mouth is with his two-point and three-point percentages getting better this season.
Beyond that, the man really is playing with a fire in his belly again and that’s helped his team succeed.
Still, they aren’t aiming to be 5th in the East, they are looking for the top spot.
Is that possible?
With Harden back, the 76ers can focus on continuing to perfect the lineup and strive for greatness.NEXT: One 76ers Star Isn't Showing Up