Tobias Harris has talked about having a chip on his shoulder all year. He was snubbed for the NBA All-Star team back in February. And the Philadelphia 76ers’ star forward has been barely acknowledged as an active member of a burgeoning Big Three in Philly.
Not anymore. Not after dropping a game-high 37 points in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Harris put the Sixers on his back during a rocky first half for the Sixers and single-handedly willed them to a 125-118 win over the Washington Wizards. The 28-year-old scored 12 of the Sixers’ 27 first-quarter points — and 28 in the first half — as 10,000 fans cheered on his every move.
“For me, I know who I am. I know my game. I know my ability,” Harris told reporters. “Maybe that has been criticized in the past with different situations and whatnot, but I know one thing I bring to this team night in and night out, I’m somebody that is going to play to win. And that’s something that I just hang my hat on. That gives me the clarity to do whatever is necessary, to have that focus for the team to win.”