Speaking to the media after the game, Rivers was asked to talk about the bench team’s struggles during the game. But Rivers seemed to attribute their struggles to a lack of shots. He then hinted that James Harden might have taken too many shots away from his bench,
“They didn’t struggle – they didn’t get a lot of shots, you know, in their defense. I think during that stretch it was (more) James than them. So, you know, it’s just a tough night,” Rivers said.
Harden went 4 of 15 on field goals but finished with 18 points after going 8 of 9 from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Rivers’ entire bench went a combined 3 of 13 with just eight points from Shake Milton, DeAndre Jordan and Georges Niang.
Doc Rivers didn’t blame the bench unit for the 76ers’ loss to the Pistons.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 1, 2022
The Philadelphia 76ers gave up a lot to bring James Harden into the fold and he got off to a superb start with them, winning eight of his first 10 starts in Philly.
But the Sixers are currently riding a three-game losing streak, during which Harden has had two of his worst games for them.
At 46-30, Philadelphia are now in fourth place in the East – one win behind the Boston Celtics, two behind the Milwaukee Bucks and three wins behind the first-place Miami Heat.
Can James Harden correct course in time for the 76ers to get a higher seed in the playoffs?
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