The Sixers are 16-13 at home this season, and have a difficult schedule in March. Doc Rivers and his players have long been confused by the discrepancy in their home and road records.
James Harden marveled at how Madison Square Garden “felt like we were in Philly,” where pockets of 76ers fans scattered throughout the arena regularly broke into cheers and chants throughout Sunday afternoon’s 125-109 victory over the New York Knicks.
It was an appropriate appetizer for Wednesday, when Harden will finally play in front of his new home crowd 20 days after being acquired in a blockbuster deadline trade. Veteran wing Danny Green said he expects a playoff-like atmosphere spearheaded by a fan base widely regarded as one of the NBA’s most passionate. And perhaps Harden’s first game as a Sixer inside the Wells Fargo Center can serve as the jolt that reignites the team’s home dominance of recent seasons, instead of the inconsistent basketball that has often been played there during the last four months.
“[It will be] another level, but it’s going to be exciting,” Green said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. I feel for the teams that come into our building now.”
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