By Harvey Hoffman
Here’s how Sixers coach Doc Rivers summed up the 103-101 win over Boston Tuesday night:
“[Joel] had to make tough shots. Just couldn’t get anything going and that’s something that we have to correct. A lot of 1-for-’s, I’m looking at our box score, other than James, we had a lot of 2-for-6’s, 2-for-8’s, 0-for-4, 0-for-3, 1-for-3, and then the guy that made the big shots for us was Tuck,” Rivers said.
Then the head coach gave a hat tip to his point guard for making a clutch suggestion.
“And that was a very great observation by James,” Rivers continued.
“[James] said, ‘hey, let’s put Tuck in the corner, and let’s put Tobias in the dunker spot.’ And it really came through for us,” Rivers explained.
“He’s been in big moments. He’s gonna shoot it. You know, they were gonna help off of him, we said in the timeout, and he stepped up and made ‘em.”
Typically it’s Tobias Harris platooned in a corner, while P.J. Tucker lurks around in the dunker spot, playing what former Sixers head coach Brett Brown used to call “peek-a-boo.”
Tucker wound up with 11 points in 27 minutes on 4-for-5 shooting, including 3 triples.
target practice. 🎯
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— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 5, 2023