Sixers head coach Doc Rivers went berserk on the court when referees didn’t give a call on Raptors’ OG Anunoby after his foot was in the area of Philadelphia 76ers star guard James Harden’s landing space during the last quarter of Game 6 on Thursday night.
The game was already in control of the Sixers against the Raptors before the fourth quarter started, but this game has a lot of drama in it, as it was a do-or-die game for Toronto even the fans were involved to discourage the players of the away team. But it seems they failed to achieve it as the 76ers defeated the Canadian franchise by a sheer dominance of 132-97. With the 4-2 series win, the Sixers have now qualified for the semi-finals of the east, but all their efforts might have gone waste if James Harden faced a serious injury in game 6.
Here’s what actually happened, during the fourth quarter, when 9:31 minutes were remaining in the game, Harden attempted a three-point jumper shot, although he shot a successful three-pointer but landed on the foot of Raptors guard OG after which he was on the floor for few minutes as the referees’ ordered to stop the play. Here’s enter Coach Rivers who protested that it was a clear foul and refs have failed to judge the incident. Later, the Referees didn’t entertain the Sixers head coach and instead called a technical foul on him. Meanwhile, the Sixers fans took a breath of relief as no major injury was reported on the Star guard.
Sixers head coach Doc Rivers reveals his strategy to tackle the Raptors in Game 6 and also shares his opinion on facing the Miami Heat in the next round
The Sixers when entered the court on Thursday night they aimed to finish the game here and didn’t want themselves to travel back home for Game 7. There is no doubt that the Raptors’ defensive front hold the 76ers to explode on the court and the whole Philadelphia squad didn’t have an answer to their defense but in the last few games of the series, Rivers’ strategy to get more rebounds, helped the Sixers to sweep the Raptors from the playoffs
“At halftime I looked and we had great shots, and we were going to keep getting those,” Sixers Head Coach said. “I told them ‘If we can rebound the ball, we can stretch this lead quickly.’ That was quicker than I thought, obviously. We made every shot.”
Coach Rivers also shared his honest opinion on their new opponents the first seed of the Eastern Conference the Miami Heat and explained that they are ready to face them in the semi-finals of the east. He said, “They’re good, they’re deep, they’re veterans, we’ve got to go play grown men, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”