NBA rumors: Doc Rivers is an all-time great at losing Game 7s
In an alternate universe, a “clutch” Doc Rivers might exist. Unfortunately for the Philadelphia 76ers, this universe’s Doc Rivers is not clutch. He is anything but.
Following the 76ers’ Game 6 loss to the Celtics, Rivers’ ugly postseason stats have taken the spotlight, causing many to doubt whether Philly can pull off the series win.
The 76ers head coach is 6-9 in career Game 7s. His last win came against the Spurs in 2015, and none of his wins have occurred on the road (his team will travel back to the Garden in Game 7).
If you zoom out and look out closeout games, Rivers has compiled a 17-32 record in his 23 years of coaching, the most of any other coach in NBA history. And in his last nine chances to reach the Conference Finals spanning across multiple teams, Rivers has lost every single time.
Worried as a 76ers fan? You should be. Here’s what the NBA community is thinking about Rivers and Game 7s:
Rivers has to be on the hot seat this weekend. The 76ers have never been so close yet so far away from tasting the Eastern Conference Finals.