76ers’ Tobias Harris explains why he returned to flooring after scary fall vs. Celtics

Tobias Harris didn’t have a memorable efficiency within the 76ers’ first-round collection towards the Celtics, however you undoubtedly cannot query his toughness.

The Philadelphia ahead crashed to the ground late within the third quarter of Sunday’s Recreation four, touchdown immediately on his head and bringing the competition to an abrupt halt. Harris jumped to contest a Jayson Tatum shot try, and Tatum inadvertently made contact with Harris’ legs. Harris then went fully horizontal and was unable to brace himself earlier than he hit the hardwood. He appeared to start out bleeding instantly.

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Harris was finally capable of stroll off the court docket underneath his personal energy with a towel pressed towards his head. He suffered a left eye laceration and was evaluated for a concussion, however he returned to the bench halfway by way of the fourth quarter and later checked again into the sport after being cleared to play.

The scary fall appeared to take some battle out of Philly. The Celtics went on a 9-Zero run after Harris left the sport, and the 76ers confronted a 12-point deficit by the point he got here again.

With the Sixers down by double digits and in a Three-Zero gap, why would Harris wish to return?

“I felt OK sufficient to return on the market and be capable of attempt to do one thing to attempt to assist us win,” Harris mentioned (by way of The Athletic’s Wealthy Hofmann). “I might fairly go down with my guys than sit within the again.”

Sadly for Harris and the Sixers, they merely did not have sufficient firepower to maintain up with the Celtics. Boston in the end prevailed 110-106, sweeping Philadelphia out of the 2020 NBA playoffs.

#Sixers ahead Tobias Harris on getting swept: ‘It is robust to lose. Dissatisfied as a result of as a competitor, you wish to win and have a run. I really feel as if we now have sufficient expertise to make a run. We simply did not get it finished.’

— Tom Moore (@TomMoorePhilly) August 23, 2020

Harris scored 20 factors on 7-of-12 capturing within the Recreation four loss, however he struggled all through the collection, averaging simply 15.eight factors per recreation on 39.2 p.c capturing from the sector.

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