Sixers coach Doc Rivers not worried about team’s slow starts to games

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The Philadelphia 76ers have had some troubling starts to games recently against teams that they should beat up on. For example, they found themselves down by 23 to the Miami Heat, then 20 to the Brooklyn Nets, and most recently down 19 to the Atlanta Hawks.

The Heat did not have Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, or Tyler Herro. The Nets were missing James Harden, Kyrie Irving, LaMarcus Aldridge, Joe Harris, Paul Millsap, and others. The Hawks did not have Trae Young, Clint Capela, De’Andre Hunter, Lou Williams, or Danilo Gallinari.

While the Sixers are missing pieces, they still had main guys like Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris. It seemed a little inexcusable that Philadelphia lost these games to teams that were severely shorthanded than they were.

“We just didn’t play well,” said coach Doc Rivers. “We didn’t come to play, we didn’t have the right energy, and you win some of those, but you’re not going to win those when you’re not at full strength. It’s one thing you see all around the league. It’s 82 games, every game you’re not going to be perfect, there will be games that you’re flat, but when you’re at full strength and you’re flat, you can win some of those games. When you’re not, you’re not and that’s a fact.”

Sure, the Sixers have been missing the likes of Andre Drummond, Shake Milton, and Georges Niang, but they are not as hugely important to Philadelphia’s chances as the aforementioned players.

“They had (Bogdan) Bogdanovic and (John) Collins,” Rivers said of the loss to the Hawks. “It is what it is. That game’s over with for me. We didn’t play well. We didn’t do a lot of things that we should do. What am I gonna do? Hang on it?”

As the Sixers prepare for the Washington Wizards on Sunday, they are going to be another shorthanded team. They will be without star guard Bradley Beal as well as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Raul Neto. This is another chance for the Sixers to buck this recent trend of starting games out slow.

Although Rivers would tend to disagree with it being a trend.

“It’s not a trend,” said Rivers. “The trend has been we’ve had a lot of guys out. So in these games, you’re not gonna win. I disagree that it’s a trend. I really do.”

The Sixers will look to improve upon a 16-16 record as they move forward.

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