Hardly a player has so much to prove in these playoffs as James Harden. However, the Star of the Philadelphia 76ers sees this differently, according to its own statement, the 32-year-old no pressure before the series against the Toronto Raptors. Joel Embid also jumps hard to the side.

“Pressure? No, I feel good,” said the Guard after a training session on Thursday on demand. “I’m ready to play. More is not there.” And yet the question was justified. In the two games against Toronto as part of the Philadelphia 76ers, harden met at the two 5-point defeats only 33 percent from the field and started 9 Turnover.

“They just fly over the field,” Harden said about the infamous defense of the Raptors. “They play very hard, they always try to break your rhythm. They have many athletic, long defensive and use their length well. They run a lot, stuff holes, so we have to take care that our passports are sitting and we take the throws If you are there. “

The Sixers will need harden but urgent than scorer, after all, it can be assumed that Joel Embid always will see several opponents. “I will not try to make in this series 40 on average,” announced Embid himself. “You will try to give me the ball. That must not frustrate me and I have to trust my fellow players, that you do the right plays. My points do not care, as long as we scores. That must be my mentality. With all the Attention you will give me, I have to do my teammates better. “

James Harden receives support from Joel Embid

One of them is of course harden, from which Embiid awaits a lot: “He should be himself. As a playmaker he was great, but he must be aggressive against Toronto and act as scorer. The same applies to Tyrese [Maxy]. (…) You have to make plays and do not worry about people who talk about pressure. “

Embiid also defended harden once again that the ninefold All-Star is still waiting for a championship title. “He played for years against a dynasty. It was hard for everyone to beat these golden state teams. It was just bad timing.”

Harden never reached the finals with the Houston Rockets and failed between 2015 and 2019 in five years four times to the Warriors, twice in the Conference Finals. Only as Sixth Mone was the bearded with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012 in the finals, at that time Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Co. the Miami Heat in a pretty narrow series with 1-4.

Sixers vs. Raptors: The series at a glance

Game Date Time Home Abroad
1 17. April 0 o’clock Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors
2 19. April 1.30 Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors
3 21. April 2 o’clock Toronto Raptors Philadelphia 76ers
4 23. April 20 o’clock Toronto Raptors Philadelphia 76ers
5 * 28. April TBD Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors
6 * 30. April TBD Toronto Raptors Philadelphia 76ers
7 * 1. May TBD Boston Celtics Toronto Raptors

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