The Philadelphia 76ers shocked the world by taking two games at the TD Garden in this series.
However, both times, they failed to keep that momentum going, allowing the Celtics to storm right back and even things up.
The Sixers had a prime chance to close the Celtics out at home in Game 6, yet they let it slip right though their fingers.
Now, Doc Rivers will coach in a Game 7 for the 16th time in his career, holding a 6-9 record.
Notably, according to ESPN, Rivers’ nine losses in Game 7s are four more than any other coach in NBA history, so it’s safe to say that this familiar territory hasn’t exactly been positive for the veteran coach.
Doc Rivers has lost nine times in a Game 7, four more than any other head coach. pic.twitter.com/zBKjn39nRg
— ESPN (@espn) May 12, 2023
Rivers has faced plenty of criticism throughout the years for blowing big leads in the playoffs, both in a game and in a series.
From blowing a 3-2 lead in the 2010 NBA Finals with the Boston Celtics to a blown 3-1 series lead with the Los Angeles Clippers to that historical meltdown versus the Atlanta Hawks a couple of seasons ago, Rivers’ playoff shortcomings have come in all shapes and sizes.
Joel Embiid didn’t even touch the ball down the stretch in a must-win game at home, and Rivers’ rotations have been rather questionable for the better part of the season.
The Celtics now have all the momentum back on their side and will look to finish the job at home, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Sixers consider letting their coach go if their season ends this weekend.NEXT: Doc Rivers Sounds Off On Officiating After Game 4 Win