The 76ers face contract troubles from James Harden after yet another playoff failure

The 76ers face contract troubles from James Harden after yet another playoff failure

Early in the fourth quarter of Game 6 between the Sixers and Heat, an exhausted Doc Rivers gave up attempts to get his team back in the game and directly appealed to his competitive spirit. “Battle for it,” Rivers pleaded. “Come on boys battle They didn’t. Miami’s lead swelled to 19 and then 20 before Philadelphia closed the garbage-time gap and ended the game — and its season — in a 99-90 loss.

At that moment, Rivers addressed everyone in that Sixers group. However, his message was probably aimed directly at James Harden. In the biggest game of the Philadelphia season, Harden played like he didn’t want to be there. He attempted nine shots, fewer than anyone in the Sixers’ starting lineup except for Danny Green, who left the game after three minutes with a knee injury. In the third quarter, Harden had more turnovers (two) than shots. He tried again in the fourth quarter. He did not attempt a free throw. His final line: 43 minutes, 11 points, nine assists, four turnovers.

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