The United States, as expected, responded to Boston’s 88:112 over Philadelphia. The Sixers scored just eight points in the third quarter and were under fire across the country, while Boston was predictably praised.
Kendrick Perkins (ESPN) referred to his former coach, Doc Rivers, in his unique style: “If I’m Doc Rivers, I’m resigning right now. Even a blind man can see that it’s bigger than him in Philadelphia, his two stars retired. You can’t look like that. Embiid and Harden are scared to death, it’s embarrassing” .
Kevin O’Connor Mehringer added: “Philadelphia collapsed on the field, no less. The only question is how it will affect the break.” Embiid and Harden finished with a combined 8 of 29 from the field and 24 points, compared to Tatum’s 17 of 28 and 51 alone.
In “Athletic” they continued in the same line. Rich Hoffman He wrote: “There was a close series, Philadelphia was leading in the middle of the sixth game and there was a breakdown. Embiid and Harden didn’t show up, the secondary players missed threes. There is a lot of uncertainty.”
Nechias Duncan (The Dunker Spot) actually tried to cool the criticism: “Philadelphia had a good year. It was fun to see Embiid destroy worlds, Harden come back to himself and De’Anthony Melton. There are a lot of questions there in the offseason.”
Rivers. Some of it on him (Getty)
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