Doc Rivers

The Philadelphia 76ers lost to the Charlotte Hornets by a score of 107-101, which puts them back in the losing column. In Ben Simmons’ return to Philadelphia, the Sixers gave it their all to defeat the Brooklyn Nets, but in a close game against the Hornets without LaMelo Ball, they were unable to overcome the deficit.

The Sixers weren’t expected to perform at their peak level considering they were playing on the road against a rested team the day after such a significant victory and without their top three players. Having a 12-point advantage after one quarter gave Philadelphia optimism, but the team was outscored in the next three.

Doc Rivers lauded the undermanned Sixers for putting forth a high level of effort in challenging circumstances during his postgame press conference on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

After the Sixers’ defeat by the Hornets, Rivers told reporters, “I thought we played fantastic.” Sincerely, I believed we had run out of gas. I couldn’t find anything wrong with this game that we might criticize.

Doc Rivers

I thought we played hard, for the love of God. We scored 33 points in the first quarter, but after that, we missed several opportunities to score, which you can live with. I think we had great energy. Having taken a three-day break, our team played them. Tonight, Georges was unable to make any shots.

Tobias had a strong start but was unable to make any shots. De’Anthony Melton appeared to be completely out of gas. I expressed how thrilled I was to our crew. I don’t want to lose a game, but I was proud of our performance.

Shake Milton showed up to play the entire game despite only playing 36 minutes the night before. With 22 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds, he was the team’s scoring leader. As one of the primary ball handlers for the undermanned Sixers has begun to establish his rhythm.

De’Anthony Melton had 20 points, six rebounds, four steals, and three assists after scoring 13 points in the first quarter. With a crucial third-quarter triple and seven rebounds, P.J. Tucker ended a historic scoring drought while Tobias Harris contributed 19 points.

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The Sixers shot just 23.7 percent from 3-point range against the Nets while making half of their attempts. The Hornets, who were paced by Terry Rozier‘s 22 points, simply couldn’t produce enough offense to stay up with them overall. Prior to continuing their road journey on Friday against the Orlando Magic, they will enjoy a day of rest.

Doc Rivers believes that the glass is half full after saying that the Sixers were “running on fumes” during their loss to the Hornets.

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