Tobias Harris expresses frustration after Sixers eliminated in semis
BOSTON–Alongside Joel Embiid, the one member of the Philadelphia 76ers who has been through this recent run has been Tobias Harris. The Sixers acquired Harris at the deadline in 2019 and he has been with the team all throughout their playoff shortcomings.
Sunday was no different as the Sixers were eliminated in Game 7 by the Boston Celtics 112-88. This is the third consecutive season that Philadelphia has been ousted in Round 2 and it’s the fifth time in six seasons.
Harris has been through it all.
“It’s disappointing for sure,” Harris stated. “I don’t know what else you want me to say. Hell yeah, it is disappointing t to however many second-round exits that it’s been, we’ve been right there as well. We’ve been right there. There’s no moral victories in being right there. It hurts for sure.”
After such an efficient Round 1 against the Brooklyn Nets, Harris’s numbers dipped in Round 2. He shot just 25.9% from deep against the Celtics compared to 57.1% from deep in Round 1 and he averaged 12.4 points against Boston compared to 20.3 against Brooklyn.
Harris ended his season by scoring 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting and pulling down five rebounds. The versatile forward was able to score well and he had a very good series overall on the defensive end, but his efforts weren’t enough when the Celtics went on their huge run.
“We were just too flat on both sides of the basketball,” Harris added. “Offensively and defensively. We had a few turnovers, shots that didn’t fall, and then that led to bad energy on the other end. They were able to capitalize and make shots and in a Game 7, that’s tough to come back from that. I thought that third quarter was when they made their big run and were able to take it from there so obviously, it’s extremely disappointing.”
Harris and the Sixers will now head into another summer of disappointment and questions as they now prepare for their next opportunity in the 2023-24 season.
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