James Harden Blames Doc Rivers For His 76ers Disappointment

James Harden Blames Doc Rivers For His 76ers Disappointment

The Philadelphia 76ers watched their season come to an end this week when the Miami Heat swiftly defeated them in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinals showdown.

Sixers star James Harden was awful yet again in the outing, going scoreless in the second half of the elimination game.

In addition, as has been the case frequently over the course of the season, he and head coach Doc Rivers couldn’t seem to get on the same page.

When asked if Rivers drew up enough plays for him, Harden offered up a blunt response.

“Next question,” he said.

Yikes. Nobody shirks responsibility for his consistent and unfailing playoff disappointments quite like Harden.

While Rivers unquestionably has his flaws, so does Harden. And they’re becoming apparent to everyone, including Joel Embiid.

“I’m sure since we got him, everybody expected the Houston James Harden, but that’s not who he is anymore,” Embiid said.

No kidding.

Embiid also seemed to long for a consistent and reliable playoff performer like his ex-teammate, Jimmy Butler.

“[I] still don’t know how we let him go,” Embiid remarked.

This is going to be a fascinating offseason for Philly. It’s worth remembering that Harden wasn’t even Embiid’s first choice of superstar teammate. He tried to make the best of it, but clearly this partnership is deeply flawed.

Obviously if the 76ers come back and legitimately compete for a title next season then this entire conversation will be moot.

But if they don’t, a sledgehammer will inevitably need to be taken to the roster once again.

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Charles Kruger

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