When Joel Embiid (29), who was one of the three final candidates for the 2022-2023 season NBA regular league best player (MVP), was unable to play due to a knee sprain, MVP James Harden (34) was the MVP of the 2017-2018 season. His performance during his time saved Philadelphia.
Harden led the team to a 119-115 victory with 45 points, 6 rebounds and 2 interceptions in the 2nd round of the Eastern Conference playoffs (PO) against Boston on the 2nd (4 wins from 7 matches). In particular, he drove in 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Harden threw a 3-point shot 8.4 seconds before the end of the 4th quarter, avoiding the defense of opponent center Al Harford, and the shot cut through the rim and Philadelphia reversed the score 117-115. With this shot, Harden made his 7th 3-pointer, tying his PO game with 45 points. Harden scored 45 points in the Western Conference Finals against Golden State in 2015 while with Houston. 크크크벳
Boston fans who filled TD Garden, Boston’s home stadium, sighed. Afterwards, Boston called the operation time, but immediately committed a turnover and attempted a foul operation afterwards, but failed to score additional points by giving only two more free throws to Philadelphia. Boston’s flagship player Jayson Tatum contributed 39 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists, but it was not enough to block Harden’s explosive power.
Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said, “I hope Embiid will return for Game 2, but I’m not sure yet.” Normally, a knee sprain requires 4 to 6 weeks for rehabilitation, but local media predict that as it is a PO, the possibility of Embiid returning to the court early is open