HARDEN OUT A MONTH WITH A FOOT, MELTON IS SIXERS NEXT PG UP!

By Tommy Matthews

ESPN is reporting that Sixers All-Star guard James Harden suffered a right foot tendon strain in last night loss to the Wizards and is expected to miss a month.

Harden has averaged 22 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists in nine games for the Sixers, who are 4-5 to start the season.

After Friday’s game at home against the New York Knicks, the Sixers play the Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks (twice), the Utah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves before hosting the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 22.

The next point guard up is De’Athony Melton, who missed last night’s game with a back strain.

Harden’s absence will put an even bigger burden on third-year guard Tyrese Maxey, the team’s burgeoning star who has seen his scoring average leap to a career-high 24.2 points per game in the opening weeks of this season, shooting over 51% from the field on more than 17 field goal attempts per game — including hitting 46.8% of his 3-point attempts while shooting more than six of them a night.

Center Joel Embiid has missed three of the past four games, including the loss to Washington, which he sat out with a non-COVID-19 illness.

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