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The Philadelphia 76ers star guard James Harden missed his second straight game on Friday due to left Achilles soreness. The Sixers head coach Doc Rivers believes Harden’s Achilles started bothering him before Monday’s game.

“It definitely was bothering him in that game,” Rivers said. “And … if this was a normal playoff game, James would be playing. But we’re just not going to do that right now. So we decided, especially now with guys, if they show something, they’re out.”