You can thank James Harden for making the adjustment to move PJ Tucker to the corner and Tobias Harris to the dunker spot against the Boston Celtics
You can thank James Harden for moving PJ Tucker into the corner on Tuesday night against the Boston Celtics.
Tucker hit three clutch 3-pointers to help guide the Sixers past the Celtics. It may never have happened if James Harden didn’t step in and make the suggestion to move Tobias Harris to the dunker spot and Tucker outside on the wing.
According to Dave Early from The Liberty Ballers…
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.”
The problem there is that P.J. isn’t exactly a big…well…dunker threat these days, and often winds up kicking it back out, or feeling forced to loft hot potato floaters as the shot clock winds down.
“Great observation” – Doc Rivers.
Yeah no shit dude.
All that happened was a simple in-game adjustment. Ever hear of it? I’m sure Greg Popovich knows what they are, right?
Ugh. With three games left in the regular season our self-proclaimed hall of fame coach finally had a light bulb turn on in his head. Go figure.
James Harden on moving PJ Tucker to the corner
James Harden is a Top 75 NBA player of all time. He should be coaching this team instead of Doc Rivers. I haven’t agreed with anything that Rivers has said since he’s gotten here besides the other night when he said the MVP race was over and Joel Embiid should win.
PJ Tucker spreading the floor and actually knocking down some shots is huge for this offense. It cleared out the pain for Embiid to go to work and if he can continue to be a threat from beyond the arc, that will help out tremendously in the playoffs.
Tucker had a rough first season in Philadelphia but honestly, he was never really supposed to be here for the regular season anyways. His job was to come to Philly and be that veteran dog in the playoffs that’s going to play great defense when the game slows down and hit clutch shots.
Hitting three 3-pointers to help guide the Sixers past the Boston Celtics while Joel Embiid took their souls on Tuesday night was a great start.
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