By Tommy Matthews
Daryl Morey has long had a crush on James Harden, which goes back to when they were both in Houston.
And, starting Friday night, Sixers fans will come to understand why.
That’s when Harden is expected to make his debut at Minnesota in the first game after the All-Star break.
The Sixers have risen to third place in the East at 35-23, just 2 1/2 games behind first-place Miami and Chicago.
And they have played those 57 games without a point guard.
Let alone a point guard who was honored Sunday night as one of the top 75 players in NBA history.
Harden will be feeding Joel Embiid, a leading MVP candidate averaging 29.6 points and 11.2 rebounds.
Both are accustomed to handling the ball a lot, but they should be able to take pressure off one another.
If the two superstars can get in sync quickly, the Sixers could emerge as the East favorite heading into the playoffs.