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NBA News: James Harden felt in front of playoff

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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NBA News: Simmons’ Nets

The debut of Ben Simmons at the Brooklyn Nets is apparently closer, while Joel Embid fired another tip towards his former teammate.

“We have to wait for the training sessions. It is unlikely that you will be in the square in the next three, four days, but we will see,” said General Manager Sean Marks Brian Lewis from _the New York Post_bei a fan event addressed The return of Ben Simmons and Kevin Durant.

ESPNS Ramona Shelburne said at NBA Today, on the other hand, that a debut of the Australian was foreseeable. “As far as I’ve heard, he’s really gas this week to see at the end of the week where he stands. He gets closer to his comeback. I think that it will be more weeks than for months,” she said.

In addition, Marks revealed that the Nets Simmons had been on the paper for some time. “We have watched him some time. His versatility is offensive as well as defensive is impressive. I do not know if he is a Point Guard, a forward or a center, but he is an incredible basketball player. We are very happy to have it “explained the 46-year-old.

Embiid snaps against Simmons again

Joel Embiid, on the other hand, said again against his former teammate. “It was probably one, two weeks before the Trade Deadline,” said the center in the interview with espns Malika Andrews on the question of when he was talking to Simmons last time. “He’s a great player and I think he will make the Nets even better,” said Embiid.

“I have given my best to get him back and give him a good feeling. It was hard and did not interest me at some point,” he added. “I said everything I had to say and was always honest.”

Only a few days ago Embiid had replied against Simmons and accused him that winning is not his top priority.

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In a blockbuster trade, the Nets Simmons, who stood no second in the square this season, had ran away from the Philadelphia 76ers shortly before the Trade Deadline. In return, James Harden left the Big Apple towards Philadelphia.

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