“It’s the end of the game, you see it in the playoffs too, that’s when you need elite shot creators. Last season, especially in the regular season, I was that guy. Tonight, I just couldn’t, but in the future, I think we’ll be fine. Tonight was just one of those nights. I probably shouldn’t have played, but it’s good to be out there with the guys and fighting for every game.”
The Nets were able to have success offensively down the stretch because they were able to give the ball to Kevin Durant and James Harden and those two were able to make plays like the superstars that they are. The Sixers do not have that type of player on the roster, but they tried to play like that down the stretch instead of moving the ball.
“You have good players on your team, they get the ball, they want to will the game, but that’s now how we got the lead,” Rivers added. “We got the lead by playing. We finished the game by holding the ball and we’re just not that type of team. That’s not who we are. We don’t have the playmakers that can do that. They have the ability to give the ball to Durant, he can dance, one-on-one, Harden can do that, we really don’t have that type of team. So we have to get ours through motion and movement and we have to keep believing that.”
While the Nets have those two guys, the Sixers have a couple of options they can play through in the form of Embiid, Harris, and they will also use Seth Curry.