CAMDEN, NJ – The Philadelphia 76ers took part in a crash on Wednesday morning before returning to Toronto for Game 6 of their first Eastern Conference series against the Raptors on Thursday night, half of which would have taken a 3-0 lead in the top five. and these two.
76ers coach Doc Rivers is the only coach to lead a losing streak once he has led a 3-1 series – which has happened to him three times in his career. But when Rivers were asked about the history of the playoffs on Wednesday, he said there was a need to go back and see the history.
“Well, it’s easy to use me as an example,” Rivers said after the team finished training. “But I wish you would have told me the whole story. All right?
“My Orlando team [in 2003] was the eighth seed. No one gives me a reputation for criticism [Detroit] Pistons, who won the title. It was the eighth seed. I want you to come back and look at the group. I encourage you to come back and look at the list. And you may say, ‘What a wonderful teaching work it is!’ Of course.
“I mean, the Clipper team [in 2015] that we lost 3-1, Chris Paul did not play the first two games, and played one leg, and we did not have a home court. And then the last one [when the Clippers lost to the Denver Nuggets in 2020], to me and to whom we have inspired. That’s the one I took. We shot it. And it was in a bubble. And anything can happen in a bubble. That’s at the courtyard. Game 7 would be in LA.
“But, it just happens. So I would say with me, some of them … I have to do better all the time. I always take my responsibility. And then some things, things happen. This, let’s win.
In 2003, Rivers and Orlando Magic – led by future Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, who won the title that season – led 3-1 on the Pistons with the highest seed. It was the first season of the NBA that came back in the top seven in the league. The well-known McGrady – who did not make it to the first round of the playoffs until the end of his career with San Antonio – said after winning Game 4 to lead 3-1, “I feel good to enter again. Round.”
Detroit immediately won the next three games with 61 points to advance to the second round, then lost to the New Jersey Nets in an Eastern Conference tournament before winning the NBA title the following season.
In 2015, Rivers led 3-1, unfortunately, 76ers star James Harden and basketball president Daryl Morey, both of the Houston Rockets, but lost the last three games of the series. That included a spectacular fall at home in Game 6, when Houston defeated the Clippers 40-15 (especially with Harden looking off the bench) to turn the 13-point error early in the quarter into a 12th victory, before closing the 7-game series.
As Rivers pointed out, the loss of 2020 is unforgettable. The Clippers – led by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who found them last summer, and were chosen by the majority to win the race – led 3-1 on the Nuggets, with just two points. each of the last three games of the series to be sent home from the NBA foam at the Walt Disney World Resort outside of Orlando, Florida, surprisingly.
Meanwhile, the 76ers are just trying to avoid adding to their previous record. Last year, the 76ers hit a 26-point lead in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with Atlanta Hawks – before re-defeating their home ground in Game 7 in a game in which Ben Simmons gave a late dunk. in the fourth season, he begins his journey from Philadelphia well.
So far in the series, the 76ers beat Toronto in the opening two games, won the extra time behind Joel Embiid in Game 3, then saw the Raptors more or less in Game 4 and 5. Rivers said it would be difficult for a team to beat another team but how The series has been rocked, both teams know what to do to win Game 6.
“Being 3-0, especially 3-0, I would say [teams feel differently], “Rivers said.” Most teams don’t win the game. The Celtics are the only ones who have won the game [in the first round of this year’s playoffs]. The rest lost the game.
“From a coaching course, you hate it, because you hear, ‘Let’s take care of it.’ Then you get to Game 5 the other night and they played well.
“If you don’t have that, then we’re all in trouble.”
When asked what it would take to make things different in Game 6, Rivers pointed out how the 76ers played – especially badly – in the first two games and said Philadelphia should come back if it wants to. Close Toronto and avoid a return to play 7 Saturday night.
“Well, I still think the 1st thing is 63% of the time we took the ball off the final game,” Rivers said. “So that means 37% of the time you just bring the ball back to a basket made or a free throw or something. So clearly it should be fine.
“We have to stop a lot, because they don’t run … they run as fast as they can, but if they don’t, they use the clock for 22 seconds. Then this game is a fast and fast game. “Even in goals, we have to play very fast.