“Congratulations to the Miami Heat”: NBA Twitter in a Frenzy After 76ers Coach Doc Rivers Makes Surprising Comments Post Game 1 Loss

Published 05/03/2022, 12:18 AM EDT
Oct 26, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers looks on against the New York Knicks during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers would want to forget today and move on. The Miami Heat, today, were just a level above them. The squad, including the likes of James Harden, couldn’t dismantle the stout defense of Miami. While Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra has reasons to be overjoyed, 76ers Head Coach Doc Rivers, less so. But he will know better than anybody that Playoffs are not won in one game. Being a coach for more than two decades does give you a bit more insight into how a NBA team should be managed. He does have that but like any other coach that came before him, he, too, is stubborn.

In Rivers’ last few press scrums, he had to be defensive not only about his team but also about his record in the playoffs. He is no fan favorite coach but does have experience to know what needs to be done to let the team run smoothly. However, Backing players is one thing he hasn’t done consistently.

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Surprisingly, he did not do the same with DeAndre Jordan. Rivers backed him despite his not so great performance against the Heat during the Conference Semifinals. He said,“We like DJ. We’re gonna keep starting him whether you like it or not because our guys believe in him”. Jordan had a +/- of -22 while he was on court.

Twitter reacts to Doc Rivers’ surprising decision

Los Angeles, CA – March 27: Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers, shown patting 76ers forward Dwight Howard on the shoulder as he is ejected from the game, was honored by the Clippers on Saturday night with a videoboard tribute at the Staples Center March 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. Clippers won 122-112. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Fans were understandably upset about this assertion of Doc Rivers. Jordan’s performance was nothing to write home about. Some would contest that he was actively detrimental to the team. And NBA twitter did not hold back when speaking about this.

 

Philadelphia 76ers’ performance today

DENVER, CO – JANUARY 12: Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers shouts in disbelief after Jerami Grant (9) of the Denver Nuggets was knocked to the floor after absorbing an illegal pick and offensive foul from Montrezl Harrell (5) during the fourth quarter of Denver’s 114-104 win on Sunday, January 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The 76ers will have to do some soul searching before the 2nd game starts. It is still only one game in a seven match series. While star center Joel Embiid sat out owing to an orbital fracture and concussion, the Philadelphia 76ers needed James Harden to play like the former NBA MVP he is.

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Unfortunately for Philadelphia, Harden didn’t come close to his prime form as he put forth a lackluster performance in a 106-92 loss. Harden scored 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting with nine rebounds, five assists and five turnovers. It had already been expected that the Sixers would face an uphill battle against the top-seeded Heat, but Philadelphia has no chance in the series if Harden continues to play like this. His Sixers teammates weren’t that much better. Tobias Harris scored 27 points and Tyrese Maxey added 19, but they were the only bright spots.

Philadelphia shot just 6-of-34 (17.6 percent) from three-point range against a staunch Miami defense.

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Are the 76ers out for good for now? Will they comeback? The next few games will hold the answer for the fans.

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Aditya Kar

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Aditya Kar is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. A holder of Bachelors and Masters degrees in History, he has been a fan of the NBA since 2011. He has a very keen interest in the stories that define the league and the sport.

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