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Former coach criticizes Tobias Harris after Sixers’ loss to Knicks

After a chaotic win at MSG in Game 5, the Philadelphia 76ers returned to their home court for Game 6 on Thursday night. Faced with elimination again, Joel Embiid and company sought to force a Game 7 in New York.

With six and a half minutes remaining the game was tied. Like the entire series, the matchup came down to the final possessions. In the end, the Sixers couldn’t keep their postseason dreams alive any longer. Behind another impressive performance from Jalen Brunson, the Knicks cruised to a 118-115 victory to win the series.

While on NBA TV, former player and coach Sam Mitchell shared his thoughts on this close match. He singled out Tobias Harris, who was held scoreless in 29 minutes of action on just 0 of 2 field goals. Mitchell feels that if Harris had been able to produce something offensively in the game, the Sixers would have come out victorious.

“You’re talking about a guy who makes around $40 million. He is supposed to be the third best player of his. He’s supposed to be that guy,” Mitchell said. “Going out to play 29 minutes, making only two shots and not scoring, that’s the ball game right there. If he does something, Philadelphia will not only win this game, but they will probably win this series.”

This was a series to forget for Harris as he struggled in all six games. His best performance came in Game 5, when he recorded 19 points and eight rebounds. For the series, Harris averaged 9.0 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc.

Thursday could very well have been Harris’ last game in a Sixers uniform. This summer, the veteran forward will be an unrestricted free agent.