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Doc Rivers reveals how he plans to maximize the Philadelphia 76ers starting lineup

Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers is finally changing his strategy.
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers has gained notoriety among Philadelphia 76ers fans for persistently putting his starters on the court together for long stretches during games. However, it looks like the 61-year-old coach is changing things up after revealing that he intends to stagger the minutes of four of his best players.

Plenty of firepower

The 76ers currently boast one of the strongest lineups in the league. They have multiple All-Stars in James Harden and Joel Embiid. One of them happens to be a former MVP, and the other finished second in the MVP voting the past two seasons.

Flanking them are Tobias Harris, who has come close to earning an All-Star berth a couple of times, and Tyrese Maxey, who has All-Star potential written all over his game. 

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Even so, having that amount of talent doesn't always translate to postseason success. The onus to make the players jell and play well together is on Rivers.

Rivers' championship pedigree

Fortunately for 76ers fans, the veteran coach has experience guiding a stacked team to the title. He led a Boston Celtics team that featured Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo to a championship run in the 2007-08 season.

The Sixers are likely hoping that Rivers can recreate the magic with their current roster. They are off to a rousing start, as Philadelphia is currently 4-0 in the 2022 preseason.

Only time will tell if the team can ride the momentum when the regular season starts.

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