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Doc Rivers after the Philadelphia 76ers suffered the toughest loss of the season: "The got everything, all game"

The Philadelphia 76ers have suffered their toughest loss this season in a blowout game against the Boston Celtics
Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers

The Philadelphia 76ers suffered the worst loss this season against the Boston Celtics, being down 50 points at one point in the game. The final score was 135-87 in favor of the Celtics, who seemed to find their rhythm finally and are playing great team basketball. 

Toughest loss of the season

After getting some shots in with their new superstar teammate James Harden who unfortunately didn't play in last night's game against the Celtics, the Sixers hoped to continue their winning streak. They are looking good overall as a team in previous couple of weeks, but the Celtics just did everything better, according to Sixers head coach Doc Rivers. 

"We didn't have much. I thought offensively was as poor as I've ever seen us, ever. And then defensively, I think they made more threes than we made twos. So, they got everything. All game. They were better tonight in every way. Coaching, playing, and if there's another category, they were better in that."

Rivers expanded on the topic of the Celtics becoming a better team in the last few weeks after their slow start to the season. Tatum and Brown were the leaders for the Celtics, combining for 57 points and 20 rebounds, showcasing why they are one of the most dynamic duos in the league. 

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"Dribble penetration. They just beat us all night. They beat us off the dribble. They got into the paint. And they moved the ball. That's the one thing when you watch Boston play. You can literally see the improvement of their ball movement. The old Boston is more iso's. This Boston is driving and playing with each other. And that what makes them so much tougher. I think it makes [Jayson] Tatum and [Jaylen] Brown even tougher when they move the ball like that."

Paul Millsap had his debut

Veteran Paul Millsap, another newcomer on the Sixers, said it felt great being back on the floor despite the tough loss. It's unfortunate when your debut with the team starts in a way it did for Millsap, and even he admitted his defense wasn't on the level he wanted to. 

"Man, I felt great. Felt good to be on the court playing basketball. A little disappointing under the circumstances, but it felt great to get back out there. One thing that I wasn't expecting was definitely on the defensive end. I had few guys blow by me. Missed a couple assignments. So I was a little slow on that, but that's gonna come."

Millsap understands it will take some time to adjust to the system Rivers has implemented. He is willing to help the team in any way possible in the limited role on this squad whose appetites for winning a championship increased after acquiring James Harden.

"Yeah, just whatever I see. Tonight for me was just really learning. Trying to get a feel for the guys. Get a feel for the game plan and everything that goes with it. So, it's still a whirlwind right now, trying to figure all that out. But, it's gonna come and wherever I see fit, to where I can get in and help this team, that's what I'm gonna do."

The Sixers will have one more game before the All-Star weekend against the defending champs Milwaukee Bucks and are hoping to have James Harden ready to go immediately after. This tough loss will soon be forgotten, and it just so happened the Sixers had a rough shooting night that every team experiences every now or then. 

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