It has been over two months since 10-time All-Star James Harden was traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Philadelphia 76ers. Harden and the fourth-seeded Sixers will sq. off towards the fifth-seeded Toronto Raptors — with defensive stalwart Matisse Thybulle set for part-time duties — within the first spherical of the Japanese Convention playoffs starting on Saturday.
Coming off of a 16-assist triple-double on Sunday , Kevin Durant leads the Brooklyn Nets into Tuesday’s Play-In Event matchup towards the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers. Though Durant and Harden are lengthy damaged up by now, some extra particulars in regards to the duo’s tumultuous relationship earlier this season are nonetheless coming to mild.
In Harden’s 44 video games with Brooklyn this season, the workforce went 26-18, which means it went 18-20 with out the previous MVP on the courtroom. It is essential to notice that Durant missed the ultimate seven video games of Harden’s tenure with the Nets resulting from his knee harm (which value him seven weeks whole), and Kyrie Irving solely started taking part in in dwelling video games this season in late March.
It will take fairly a bit for a potential Durant-Harden playoff matchup to occur this spring, but it surely is not inconceivable. First, the Sixers need to survive their first-round battle with the Raptors.
The Nets must lose to the Cavaliers on Tuesday however then win their second Play-In recreation towards both the Atlanta Hawks or Charlotte Hornets to offer them the No. 8 seed. Then, Brooklyn must defeat the top-seeded Miami Warmth to arrange an Japanese Convention semifinals bout with the 76ers.
The opposite method Durant and Harden might sq. off within the playoffs can be within the Japanese Convention Finals. Philadelphia must beat Toronto after which the winner of Miami/No. 8 seed, whereas Brooklyn must defeat Cleveland, then the Boston Celtics after which the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks-Chicago Bulls first-round sequence.