Doc Rivers likes Tobias Harris’ progression after Knicks performance

Ky Carlin
·2 min read

The Philadelphia 76ers are a team that is still working out a lot of kinks when it comes to their roster. They know what they’re getting out of their star duo of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid as well as their veteran shooters, but there is one guy on the roster who is the X-Factor on this roster.

That would be Tobias Harris who is in the second season of a 5-year max contract and he had himself a rough opening night. He shot only 3-for-13 and there were too many times where it looked like he was hesitating and overthinking out there.

He had a much better performance against the New York Knicks on Saturday night where he quietly was a team-leading plus-32 and he had 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting. He was a different player as he was a guy who was not thinking as much.

“It’s usually a make/miss league and it usually goes down to the shots going in,” said coach Doc Rivers. “I did think he was more aggressive. We’re getting him to make quicker decisions. I thought he had fallen back into a habit that we struggled with early on when I was with the Clippers and we got him out of that.”

What Rivers is referring to is that Harris would try to do too much and play a lot of isolation basketball and go 1-on-1 a lot. During their time together in Los Angeles, Rivers worked with Harris to help make decisions more quickly and Harris had the best numbers of his career.

Rivers is continuing to get him back to that player in Philadelphia.

“When Tobias is a quick decision, straight-line player, it’s impossible to guard,” the coach added. “I thought he did that last night (Saturday).”

The Sixers will be looking for more from Harris on Sunday night as they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. EST.

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OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Philadelphia
+105+1.5O 220.5
Memphis
-125-1.5U 220.5