The Nets hope to get another big performance from Harden and Irving and get their thirdstraight win Sunday night when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves. Durant sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in a 120-105 home win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Jan. 15. They absorbed a seven-point loss in Cleveland on Monday when Harden and Irving combined for 49 points and eked out a one-point win in Washington when the duo combined for 48 points.
But as of now we just continue to grow, young guys continue to get better, continue to teach and build every single game. Short of Irving getting vaccinated — and thus becoming eligible to play home games — the Nets couldn’t have gotten a much better building block. The sight of Harden looking physically explosive bodes well, starting Sunday against the Timberwolves.
The 76ers aren’t quite a title contender but they’re having all sorts of fun, with Joel Embiid at the forefront of MVP discussions and Seth Curry adding a deadly midrange game to his long-distance threat. All the while, pouty Ben Simmons remains idle while President Daryl Morey tries to figure out a trade. It makes sense that Morey would hold out for a blockbuster, but does he really want to waste Embiid’s fabulous season when he could get something of value for Simmons?