Doc sent Harden a gospel song and encouraged him before the 4th game
Before the fourth game of the series between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia Sixers, Coach Doc Rivers sent a song to James Harden.
The Philadelphia 76ers clinched a crucial win in their series against their opponent thanks to an outstanding display by James Harden, popularly known as “The Beard.” Harden’s remarkable efforts in the last two tense games led the team to tie the series at 2-2 with an impressive 42 points, nine assists, and a crucial triple.
His limited recovery time from an injury made Harden’s performance even more remarkable. Nonetheless, with a day and a half to recuperate, Beard was back on the court, and his presence undoubtedly inspired the rest of the team to rise to the occasion.
Speaking after the game, head coach Doc Rivers praised Harden’s leadership both on and off the court, highlighting the support he had shown his teammate before the game by sending him a Christian song called “You Know My Name.” “It’s cool to watch the analysis, and we talked, and probably 15,000 other people talked to him,” Rivers said. “But Harden stepped up, and he played a phenomenal game. He was the difference-maker for us tonight.”
Harden also referred to it at the press conference. “I’m on my way to the game, and I get a text from Doc. I look at that song and think: ‘OK, whatever...’ I say to my friends: ‘Let’s play the song. Seven minutes, we listened to it all. It has a good rhythm; I wanted to feel that way. It seems to have worked,” Harden added: “To be honest, it was ‘win or go home’ for us today. We found a way to win, and that’s the only thing that matters in the playoffs. We will watch the video of the game, try to be better, be ready, and see some things we can improve before the fifth game”.
The fifth game is scheduled to take place in Boston on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.