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Doc Rivers Leaves 76ers As Worst Playoff Coach To Bet On In NBA History

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Doc Rivers was dismissed by the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday morning, and he leaves as the worst playoff coach to bet on in NBA history.

Rivers is now solidified as the worst playoff closer in NBA history. He’s lost 10 Game 7s, the most of any coach in NBA history. He has now lost nine straight games with a chance to clinch a conference finals appearance.

And he’s 17-33 (34%) straight up with a chance to clinch a series. That’s the worst record of any coach with at least 35 playoff games under his belt.

According to Action Labs, no head coach has been less profitable against the spread (ATS) in Games 5-7 in NBA history.

Had you bet $100 on Rivers to cover the spread in each of his playoff Games 5-7, you’d be down $935, the most out of any coach in history.

So, naturally, Rivers has the most blown series leads in NBA history, too.

Major hat tip to our director of research Evan Abrams.

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With the 76ers, he was eliminated by the Celtics earlier this month after being up 3-2 heading into a Game 6 at home.

And in 2021, Ben Simmons got the yips and contributed to a lost Game 7 after the Sixers were up 2-1 against the Hawks.

With the Clippers, Doc was up in a playoff series five separate times that he ended up losing.

Notably, in 2020 and 2015, the Clippers held 3-games-to-1 leads. In the bubble vs. the Nuggets, Denver ripped off three straight en route to a date with the Lakers. A rematch of that Western Conference Finals commences tonight.

In 2015, the Clippers were up 19 points late in Game 6 vs. the Rockets before folding down the stretch. LA lost Game 7 after having been up 3-1.

And with Boston, Rivers gave up 3-2 leads in 2012, 2010 and 2009. He was also up in a series 1-0 in 2005.

With Orlando, the Magic had been up 3-1 before losing in their first-round series in 2003. Famously, Tracy McGrady said after winning Game 4 that, “It feels good to get in the second round.” McGrady wouldn’t make it to the second round until he was a back-of-the-bench player, far past his prime, with the San Antonio Spurs in 2013. It would be his last season in the NBA.

In total, that makes 12 postseasons out of Rivers’s 24-year coaching career in which he’s held a lead during a playoff series and subsequently lost.

Doc Rivers has the most blown series leads in NBA history…

2023: 3-2 lead
2021: 2-1

2020: 3-1
2017: 2-1
2016: 2-0
2015: 3-1
2014: 1-0

2012: 3-2
2010: 3-2
2009: 3-2
2005: 1-0

2003: 3-1

— Evan Abrams (@EvanHAbrams) May 14, 2023

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