CHARLESTON, S.C.–The Philadelphia 76ers have wrapped up training camp and they will now board a plane to New York to take on the Brooklyn Nets on Monday in the preseason opener.
Considering that it is just the preseason, there is not a pressing need to have all of the starters play big minutes. It is just the preseason opener and this time is more for the younger players to earn some minutes and get some experience out on the floor.
Therefore, coach Doc Rivers revealed on Sunday that at least three of the starters will sit in the preseason opener. Not everybody will play in that game.
“Not many of them, but a couple may,” said Rivers. “It’s still not really decided, honestly. At least three will sit.”
This will be James Harden’s first game back in Brooklyn since the trade to Philadelphia at the 2022 deadline. He may be one of the starters Rivers was referring to that he won’t play in the game, but all eyes will be on him regardless of if he plays or not.
However, Harden isn’t putting much stock into this one on Monday.
“I mean, it’s a preseason game,” he said. “So, yeah.”
Tipoff from the Barclays Center is set for 7:30 p.m. EDT on Monday.
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