Doc Rivers Needs To Look In The Mirror
Doc Rivers needs to do some soul searching.
After the team blew a 24 point lead on Friday night to the lowly Clippers Doc Rivers was asked what percentage of the 102-101 loss was coaching.
“I dont know….umm….would you ask Pop that question? No you wouldnt. So dont ask me that question. Ive earned that.”
Ok Glenn, lets get real for a second. If Pop had a propensity to blow 20+ point leads, you damn right he would be asked that question. If Greg Popovich had put a heap of the blame on his second units turnovers when the second unit only had two turnovers….then yes! Greg Popovich would be asked that question. But Pop is Pop and you are Glenn.
Obviously this season has a black cloud hanging over it. It is impossible to tell the story of the 2021-2022 Sixers and not discuss the Ben Simmons saga. But when Ben Simmons WAS there, you still blew 20+ point leads in the playoffs to the Hawks. When Ben Simmons was here you failed to get any more out of him than Brett Brown did. You have to coach who you have. And right now Glenn Rivers is lucky to have the best player in the world on his team.
The comment is especially cringe worthy because no Sixers fan is confident in a 20 point lead. Thats madness. The Sixers did not lose to Brooklyn, Miami, Phoenix, Golden State. They lose to the 9th seeded Clippers who were without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. You not only should have won the game, but you should have beat them by 30. And you didn’t. And a big reason why is because of Glenn Rivers.
The biggest mismatch in the playoffs was not a player on another player. It was Nate McMillan on Glenn Rivers. Glenn Rivers deficiencies that we were warned about as a fan base have reared their ugly head. Rivers has a built in excuse, but that only goes so far when the MVP is suiting up for you. So when Glenn looks at the standings and sees his team in the 6th seed and wants to know who to blame, he should make sure to look in a mirror at some point. Hes earned that.