Doc Rivers names the road-heavy schedule the Sixers have ahead of them
The Philadelphia 76ers easily defeated the Indiana Pacers 141-121 on Saturday night when they led by as much as 24 and allowed their key boys to rest some. James Harden and PJ Tucker missed the competition through injury while Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris did not have to play long.
Embiid had another monster game when he scored 31 points on 10-for-15 shooting with seven rebounds and seven assists while also blocking two shots. It’s a franchise-record ninth straight game with at least 30 points as he just hit an incredible run for Philadelphia.
That doesn’t make the schedule for the Sixers any easier. They return home on Monday to host the Chicago Bulls, but then they hit the road again. They will face the Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets to finish a seven-game eight-game stretch away.
“We’re not out yet,” coach Doc Rivers told reporters after wrapping up a three-game road trip in Indiana. “This flying home from here to play a game to come back in line for four is crazy but it is what it is and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Rivers is right that there’s nothing he or the Sixers can do about it other than just lace up the sneakers and hoop, but it’s a bit ridiculous to think about. It’s almost like a long eight-game road trip considering they fly home for the one game only to get back on the road.
“The one game is still a street game,” Rivers added. “Our audience will support us and that’s the only way we’ll know we’re home, but we literally come home to do the laundry and then we get back out on the streets. For the guys who do laundry.”
The Sixers have found success on the road this ongoing season. After a 4-1 road trip to open March, they won the three games on that trip they just finished and are now 22-12 from the Wells Fargo Center. They’ve also won six games in a row away from home which is an impressive feat.
“We’re just concentrating on the road,” Rivers concluded. “It’s something we’ve been talking about for three years and really got around this year to talking about games that we dropped on the road that we should win. I’ve told our guys, and I’ve told you before, you can’t have a script for every game. Sometimes the game has to write the script. Sometimes it goes exactly how it says in the script.”
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