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Doc Rivers, head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers, doesn’t care about the combo linking him to the strings of the blown 3-1 playoff series.
Rivers oversaw teams losing 3-1 series on three occasions, but asked reporters to consider each situation on a case-by-case basis (ESPN’s h/t Tim Bontemps).
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My team is in Orlando [in 2003] She was ranked eighth. Nobody gives me credit for standing against [Detroit] The Pistons, who won the title [in 2004]. That was the eighth seed. I want you to come back and take a look at that list. I dare you to come back and look at that list. And you can say, “What a coach’s job.” Is that true.
“I mean, the Clipper team [in 2015] That we lost 3-1, Chris Paul didn’t play the first two games, he was playing on one leg, and we didn’t have a pitch on his ground. then the last [when the Clippers lost to the Denver Nuggets in 2020], for me, is the one we blew up. This is what I took. We blew it. It was in the bubble. Anything can happen in the bubble. There is no home court. The seventh match will be in Los Angeles
“But, it just happens. So I would say with me, some… I should always do better. I always take my own responsibility. And then, some circumstances happen. That, let’s win it, and we don’t have to talk about it.” “.
Rivers is the only coach in NBA history to oversee more than one team that has lost the top of the playoff series 3-1.
No team has ever beaten a 3-0 lead, but the Rivers 76ers are in danger of doing so after losing back-to-back games to the Toronto Raptors in the first-round series.
Game 6 is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. ET in Toronto.
All signs pointed to an easy win in the series after 76ers quarterback Joel Embiid scored a match-winning three-pointer with seven tenths of a second to the left in a 104-101 win in overtime in Game 3.
However, soon after the match news emerged that Embiid suffered from Right thumb injury. An MRI revealed a ligament tear.
Embiid has eliminated the match for the past two matches and has played 39 minutes each in matches 4 and 5. However, it appears that a thumb injury affected his play.
The NBA nominee MVP averaged 27.7 points on 51.0 percent shooting and 13.0 rebounds per game in his first three versus rap competitions. He averaged 20.5 points from 45.2 percent of shooting and 9.5 rebounds in his last two games.
Meanwhile, James Harden’s struggles continued late in the season in the playoffs. He only shoots 37.3 percent from the field along with 18.4 points per game.
Elsewhere, bench production (11 points in a 103-88 loss for game five) wasn’t there. The 76 also did not find an answer for Pascal Siakam, who lost 34 points in Game 4 before adding nearly a triple-double (23 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists) in Game 5.
Now the series is back in Toronto. If the Raptors win Game 6, the 76ers and Raps will play Game 7 on Saturday in Philadelphia.