Seven of the next eight games for the Philadelphia 76ers will be on the road, starting with their next game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 15. In light of this crucial stretch coming up for the Sixers, Joel Embiid and James Harden gave their thoughts on the matter while talking with Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“We got to win those games,” Embiid said. “That’s a good test for the playoffs. You got to go out on the road and steal a couple. That’s our goal. Obviously, we’ve been good.

“We got a couple good tests coming up. So we just got to be ready and make sure everybody is on the same page.”

Harden vocalized his confidence for their upcoming road games, using their record on the road as proof.

“We’ve been pretty solid on the road all year long,” Harden said, “so [it’s] one game at a time, and no matter who we’re playing, stick to what we do and try to be the best 76ers we can be.”

Harden has good reason to be confident in the Sixets in this upcoming stretch since they have an away record of 19-12.

Joel Embiid Responds to Matisse Thybulle’s Comments

Before the Sixers played the Portland Trail Blazers on March 10, ex-Sixer Matisse Thybulle told Pompey before the game that “there was a lot more fear-based play in Philadelphia as opposed to what I’m doing here in Portland.”

Embiid responded first by admitting how much he enjoyed having Thybulle as a teammate, but clarified that he was not happy with what Thybulle had said about the Sixers.

“I loved him when he was here,” Embiid said, per Ky Carlin of Sixers Wire. “I kinda told him I kinda was not happy with some of the comments that was made lately, but it’s whatever.”

Embiid cut Thybulle some slack, saying that the expectations in Philadelphia can be hard to deal with.

“Playing in Philly is not easy,” he added. “It’s a lot of pressure that comes with it. Every year, you’re expected to win. It doesn’t even matter if they believe that you have a good team or a good enough team to win a championship. That’s the expectations and that’s why there’s not a lot of people that can play here and survive here.”

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