Philadelphia 76ers HC Doc Rivers sounds off when asked about past playoff collapses



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Philadelphia 76ers HC Doc Rivers sounds off when asked about past playoff collapses

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."