Tim BontempsESPN3 minutes to read
boston – Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers said he was “disappointed” that the NBA game report from Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals saw Philadelphia have 13 official fouls damaging 76 players compared to four for the Boston Celtics, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“It was honestly disappointing to see,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said before Game 7 Sunday afternoon here at TD Garden. “A 13-4 disparity… in a one-point, two-point game, it’s hard to recover from. It really is.
“I mean, when I saw the report, which we read and then we saw the missed calls. The trip on James Harden down the stretch when he fell to the ground, the loose ball where they asked for a timeout, and they didn’t get the ball.” In addition, there was an error on Smart while playing. These would have been free throws. It’s hard to recover from. It’s really. Having said that, it is a human game, and you just have experience to play through it. Usually, the tolerances are never that great. Most matches are two and three, and you can live with those, but 13 and 4, that’s tough. “
Philadelphia had a two-point lead with less than 6 minutes left in Game 6—after winning Games 4 and 5 to take a 3-2 series lead—before Boston shut out a 14-3 run to close the game. , leading the Celtics to a winning streak and forcing the best-of-seven team back here for a deciding game.
After Game 6, Harden said he was frustrated with a number of missed calls throughout the night.
“Tonight, it was just frustrating because I’m number one on uncalled fouls,” Harden said after going 4-for-16 from the field, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range. Like, it’s true. So, it’s frustrating as a player, when in the first half the officials tell you, hey, we screwed up. There, there are some hits and misses, and that just got me into a rhythm, let’s say points. [for the Celtics]. “
Heading into Game 7 — one in which Philadelphia is looking to reach the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2001, and Rivers hoping to advance to the Conference Finals for the first time since 2012, Rivers said that “everyone” feels the pressure in these situations, but that “it’s a privilege.” “To be a part of it.
“Oh yeah, everyone does,” Rivers said. “I hate to be Billie Jean King, but it’s a privilege. It’s an honor to continue to bring teams to these places. It really is. I mean, it’s funny. There are people, your friends who look at you and say, ‘Why are you doing like this?'” And that’s what it’s about. You put yourself out there because you want to win, and know if you do that you have to put yourself in those situations over and over again. And he deserves it. he deserves it. Deserves it. And that’s what I said, guys.”
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