Doc Rivers, Sixers teammates talk ‘gut decision’ with Danuel House Jr in Game 5 against the Boston Celtics
Sixers fans were starting to sound like a broken record through the first four games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Celtics.
Heading into last night’s Game 4 in Boston, the Sixers had failed to put together a full team-effort against the Celtics and now were faced with a pivotal Game 5 looking for a 3-2 series lead before returning home for Game 6.
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What nobody expected, was Danuel House Jr coming off the bench to provide the Sixers a much needed spark when closing out the Celtics last night. House entered Game 5 only playing a total of eight minutes and scoring three points. Last night, House played 15 minutes and scored 10 points while shooting 5-7 from the floor with five rebounds.
Danuel House Jr – Much Needed Spark Off the Bench
Instead of turning to Jalen McDaniels off the bench, Doc Rivers decided to go to House which according to him, was just a gut decision in the heat of the moment.
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Doc Rivers on Danuel House Jr
“You go with a gut,” Rivers said afterward. “I can tell you we talked about it painstakingly yesterday and today between three guys who to play and I can tell you House was not the pick, but I just picked him. I thought we needed size and we needed athleticism. That’s something that he has.”
Rivers’ gut feeling turned out to be one terrific move as the Sixers benefited from House Jr.’s play off the bench.
“To be honest with you, he really didn’t tell me — yeah, he told me a role, but he just told me go in and play and my job was to bring energy,” House Jr. said. “Showcase a little bit for the team, guard the yard, and make sure I’m executing plays.” via SixersWire