Tobias Harris expresses frustration over play after Sixers fall to Celtics

BOSTON — The Philadelphia 76ers needed all hands on deck on Tuesday when they paid a visit to the Boston Celtics. The Sixers were taking on the team with the best record in the NBA while missing Joel Embiid for the 12th straight game.

Tyrese Maxey had 32 points and five assists, but the Sixers had another tough shooting night in a 117-99 loss to the Celtics. Philadelphia shot 39.4% from the floor compared to 52.7% for Boston.

Tobias Harris once again could not find his rhythm. He shot 5-for-19 on the night and finished with 13 points on a night the Sixers needed more from him.

“I just gotta stick with it,” Harris said after the loss. “It’s a bad shooting night. A bad stretch for me as a player, but at the end of the day, you still got to take those looks, be confident with him, and stick to your work, and stick to everything that has gotten you up until this point.”

On the season, Harris is shooting 49.9% from the floor. He is a better shooter than what he has shown recently, and it comes down to him making the opportunities he is getting.

“It’s frustrating, but at the end of the day, I’m gonna battle and get through it and figure out ways to be better, watch the film, and find ways to get some easier ways to get in the rhythm,” Harris continued. “At the end of the day, I’ll take all those same shots again. Those same looks and just gotta make them. That’s what it comes down to.”

Harris has been an efficient player for the majority of his career, and the Sixers need him to break out of this slump and get going again.

“Any time that you’re not making shots, it is frustrating at the end of the day,” he added. “So I don’t make any excuses for myself. I just go back to the drawing board, put the work in, watch the film, figure out ways. I’ve been a really good efficient player my whole career and I’ll figure out ways to battle through this and work my way out on the other side of it like I always do, so I’m not worried. I am frustrated, but at the end of the day, I’ll figure it out.”

It is fair to wonder if Harris is dealing with the effects of a left hip impingement that held him out of the final two games before the All-Star break. That would explain his play as of late, but he isn’t using that as an excuse.

“I’m not gonna make any excuses,” he said succinctly. “If I’m out there playing, then I’m ready to go, and I’m able to bring my best for the team.”

The Sixers will host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.

Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire