Is James Harden playing tonight? Latest update for Clippers at Knicks

James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers NBA (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers NBA (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Former MVP James Harden is officially a member of the LA Clippers but after being traded from the Philadelphia 76ers, the question becomes: when will he make his much-anticipated debut for the Clippers?

Harden is already with the team but has yet to play this season and may need time to get into game shape and practice with his new teammates. With Harden’s debut in question, when will he play for LA?

James Harden’s status for the Clippers’ game against the Knicks on November 6th

The Clippers have four full days off following their game against their arch-rivals the Los Angeles Lakers, giving Harden some time to prepare for his first game with his new team. According to the Athletic’s Shams Charania, Harden may play his first game with his new team on Monday, November 6th, against the New York Knicks.

When will Harden play?

At the moment, Harden is expected to make his Clippers debut on Monday, November 6th, in Madison Square Garden against the Knicks. That may be subject to change but with several days between games, it seems like a safe bet that he will play in New York. After trying to be traded to the Clippers since July, his Monday debut will be nearly four months in the making.

LA Clippers complete injury report

Both Terance Mann and Brandon Boston Jr. appear on the Clippers’ injury report. Mann is out of the lineup with an ankle injury that may cause him to miss the team’s game against the Knicks. In addition to Mann, Boston Jr. is out with a quad injury.

LA Clippers’ next 5 games

The Clippers wisely completed the Harden deal with enough time for him to play a particularly tough early five-game stretch. The Clippers will play four of their next five games away from LA, including against four teams that made the playoff last season. Here are LA’s next five games:

*All times are Eastern.
Monday, November 6th, 7:30 p.m. at New York
Wednesday, November 8th, 7:30 p.m. @ Brooklyn
Friday, November 10th, 8:30 p.m. at Dallas
Sunday, November 12th, 3:30 p.m. Memphis
Tuesday, November 14th, 10:00 p.m. at Denver on TNT