Rivers trusts Harden.
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers had an interview with Sixers Wire on the 11th (Korean time). Director Rivers mentioned James Harden at this spot.
Philadelphia won the third seed in the Eastern Conference with Joel Embiid, who has established himself as a strong MVP candidate this season. The performance of this player is also not to be missed. That’s James Harden.
Harden showed off his versatility by playing in 58 games this season, averaging 21.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 10.7 assists, and 38.5% of 3-pointers. A record corresponding to his career high in assists. However, there is also a critical gaze toward Harden. It’s his health problem.
Harden has been plagued by a hamstring injury in recent years and has been unable to display his talent as a scorer in his prime. Injuries are holding him back this season as well.
Harden had a shaky season finish due to an Achilles tendon injury. In the game against the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks held at the end of March, Harden bowed his head with a field goal success rate of 14.3% (2/14) and 28.6% (4/14).
However, Rivers did not hold back his praise for Harden.
Coach Rivers said, “James Harden did everything we asked for. His assist average this season is a career high. His 3-point shooting percentage was also high.”
“A lot of people thought that Harden wouldn’t be able to do some things, but he gave up a goal to keep the team running. He did a really good job. I couldn’t be happier to see him like this.”
Philadelphia’s first round opponent is the 6th seed Brooklyn Nets. Philadelphia is 4-0 against Brooklyn this season.바카라However, Coach Rivers was not vigilant. He decided that the team needed to increase the tempo.
Coach Rivers said, “I think our tempo slows down sometimes. We have to play the game around fast movement and speed. Joel Embiid or Harden has to step in to prevent the tempo from slowing down. But that’s enough. I don’t,” he explained.
Harden swallowed regret with a lethargic appearance in the playoffs last season. He has not been able to escape his sluggishness even at the end of this season. However, Rivers still believes in Harden. It remains to be seen if Harden can fly back in the playoffs.