Fans React to Sixers Coach Doc Rivers Putting Second Unit Struggles on James Harden Following Pistons Loss

"It was more James than them," the Philadelphia 76ers head coach said in response to a comment about his team losing to the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.

Head coach Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers speaks with James Harden

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 23: Head coach Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers speaks with James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers during a 126-121 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Arena on March 23, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE

Head coach Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers speaks with James Harden

While speaking to reporters after his team lost 102-94 to the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers responded to a comment about the bench unit struggling during the game. Rivers defended those players and seemed to suggest that James Harden was more responsible.

“Well, they didn’t struggle,” Rivers said. “They didn’t get a lot of shots. You know, in their defense. I think during that stretch it was more James than them. So… yeah it’s just a tough night.”

Doc Rivers: "I thought offensively, we really just stood around"

Attributed lack of bench scoring more to Harden and how he played/the offense ran during bench minutes. Some full quotes

— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) April 1, 2022

Did he really just say that? He better not show up to practice tomorrow

— Austin (@Austin_Powell11) April 1, 2022

Rivers’ comment comes on the heels of the coach saying that he wanted Harden to be more of an aggressive scorer than playmaker.

“We just need you to be you,” Rivers said of Harden, per The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Don’t worry about everyone else. As long as you and Joel [Embiid] are in the right spots, we’ll figure out everyone else. But we need you to think of yourself as a scorer, not the way you played in Brooklyn, the way you were a point guard and trying to run the team.’

You can check out some reactions to Rivers’ comments below.

Nah it's wild as hell Doc Rivers saying Harden smoked the game 😭

— Ahmed/The Ears/IG: BigBizTheGod 🇸🇴 (@big_business_) April 1, 2022

Wait Doc Rivers basically blamed James Harden for them losing??? 👀🍿

— Him Duncan🔑 (@KeGriffey) April 1, 2022

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