Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers went off at reporters when his playoff history was brought ahead of Game 6 between the 76ers and Toronto Raptors. Rivers is the only coach in the NBA that has more than one series loss after taking a 3-1 lead.
In 2003, Rivers was coaching the Orlando Magic. That year, the Magic took a 3-1 lead in the first round before the Detroit Pistons stormed back to win in seven games. In 2015, the Los Angeles Clippers blew a 3-1 lead over the Houston Rockets but lost in seven games.
Rivers' most recent playoff loss from a 3-1 lead came in the 2020 playoffs, when the 76ers lost to the Denver Nuggets. The 76ers took a 3-0 lead over the Raptors but have since dropped two consecutive.
Rivers: Check out all the circumstances before going at me
"Well, it's easy to use me as an example," Rivers said ahead of Game 6 between the 76ers and Raptors, per ESPN.
"But I wish y'all would tell the whole story with me. All right? "My Orlando team [in 2003] was the eighth seed. No one gives me credit for getting up against the [Detroit] Pistons, who won the title. That was an eighth seed.
I want you to go back and look at that roster. I dare you to go back and look at that roster. And you would say, 'What a hell of a coaching job.' Really. "I mean, the Clipper team [in 2015] that we lost 3-1, Chris Paul didn't play the first two games, and was playing on one leg, and we didn't have home court.
And then the last one [when the Clippers lost to the Denver Nuggets in 2020], to me, is the one we blew. That's the one I took. We blew that. And that was in the bubble. And anything can happen in the bubble. There's no home court.
Game 7 would have been in LA. "But, it just happens. So I would say with me, some of them is ... I gotta do better always. I always take my own responsibility. And then some of it is, circumstances happen. This one, let's win it, and we don't have to talk about it."