Could Tobias Harris pull off a 50-40-90 season?

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With 10 regular-season games to go, the 41-21 Sixers trail the Eastern Conference-leading Nets by 1.5 games and lead the third-place Bucks by three games. 

Here are the essentials for their mini-series finale against the 34-29 Hawks: 

  • When: 7 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 6:15 p.m. 
  • Where: Wells Fargo Center 
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia  
  • Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the MyTeams app 

And here are three storylines to watch: 

Sixers set for another blowout? 

The Sixers have won their last two games by a combined 75 points. They’ll again have a sizable manpower advantage over Atlanta.

As of Tuesday night, there were no Sixers on the NBA’s official injury report. Meanwhile, Kevin Huerter (left shoulder sprain), De’Andre Hunter (right knee soreness) and Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) are still out. Trae Young is questionable with a left ankle sprain and Tony Snell is probable with a right ankle sprain. Clint Capela and Bogdan Bogdanovic also have injuries and are questionable. 

Joel Embiid has been adjusting to playing without a brace on his left knee and said Wednesday night he’s “trying to let the game come to me” and didn’t want to “skip steps.” He’s needed to play only 48 total minutes the past two games.

“By the time we get to the playoffs, I should be back to the aggressiveness and the dominance that I had before,” he said. 

Defensive excellence 

Entering Friday’s games, the Sixers rank third in non-garbage time defensive rating (108.1), according to Cleaning the Glass. The team’s six most-used lineups this season all rate above average defensively.

The Hawks’ 83 points Wednesday night were the fewest by a Sixers opponent since Feb. 2, 2018, when New Orleans scored 82. 

There are a few similarities with this iteration of the Sixers and the 2017-18 team, which finished third in defensive rating. This season’s team looks capable of going further in the postseason, though, in part because Embiid and Ben Simmons are older and better players. Matisse Thybulle and Danny Green’s turnover-forcing abilities have been key, too. 

Can Harris pull off 50-40-90 season? 

Tobias Harris continues to have a real chance to join current and future Hall of Fame players like Larry Bird, Reggie Miller and Kevin Durant in the 50-40-90 club. 

He’s averaged 20.0 points on 51.8 percent shooting from the floor, 40.6 percent from three-point range and 89.0 percent from the foul line. If Harris makes his next 19 free throws, he’d be at exactly 90.0 percent. Not impossible. 

It would be a massive personal accomplishment, though Harris had the big picture on his mind after the Sixers officially sealed a playoff spot with Wednesday’s win over Atlanta. 

“Everybody knows that’s expected, to clinch the playoffs,” he said. “We would’ve loved to have been the first team to clinch the playoffs. But it’s where we’re at now, so we’re not dwelling on this.

“This is Philadelphia basketball. Greatness is really something that is expected from our fans, is expected from us as a group, and it’s one of our goals day in and day out. We understand that. We’re not a team in the locker room celebrating for clinching right now. We want to celebrate when we’re able to win and win big in this postseason, and that’s our goal.”

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