An injured Joel Embiid who has to grit his teeth, a heavy defeat in Game 5 (120-85), a complicated situation now with two wins in a row to follow: the Sixers had found a smile after Game 4, by equalizing, before losing it quite brutally on Tuesday in Miami.
While the Sixers will play their season this Thursday evening, they did not manage to train the day before this Game 6, for a question of organization.
“Coming back from Miami is a problem”explains Doc Rivers to the Inquirer. “We didn’t have any training either between Game 2 and 3. We only did a shootaround. Simply because we come home at 3 in the morning. Coaches can get out of bed, but not players. They need to rest. »
“No one has won away yet”
But all this does not shake Doc Rivers, who believes that his players can equalize and force a Game 7. To believe it, he relies in particular on an observation.
“I trust my team”he assures Sixers Wire. “We wouldn’t have gotten this far without it. We have proven that we can win matches in this series. Also, no one has won away yet. So we have to have confidence for this meeting. We are in the playoffs, each match is to be played thoroughly. »
If we have talked a lot about the liabilities of the 2008 champion in the playoffs, when it comes to concluding a series, we must not forget that he has also sometimes reversed situations.
Last season, at the same level of competition, against Atlanta, the Sixers had won away to snatch a Game 7, ultimately lost. In 2015, Doc Rivers and the Clippers trailed the defending champions Spurs 3-2 and won the series after a superb Game 7 and a decisive goal from Chris Paul.
“I’ve done it before, but who cares”dismisses the coach. “It doesn’t count, the teams were different. We have to do it now. We are at home, we expect to win this game. But you have to play it. We can’t just show up and tell ourselves that because we’re at home, the game is going to be won. »
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