From Boos to Game-Winners: Robert Covington Is Here To Save The Day
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Robert Covington has four games this season with at least five 3-point attempts and zero made ones; two games with only one made three out of nine attempts. One of those two game happened during the 76ers first game of 2017, when the 76ers fans booed Covington every time he touched the ball…until he made a game-winning layup to give the team a two-point win over the Wolves.
After the game he explained why he’s unfazed by the tough Philly love.
“It’s not dictating my life,” he said. “It’s not making me frustrated. It’s not causing me to sit up here and second-guess about myself.
“I tell people all the time, ‘Can’t nobody tell me nothing about me that I don’t already know about myself already,’ ” he said. “What people are saying is not me. I’m just not making shots right now.
As a follow-up, he went two for three from downtown and then later in the week had back-to-back three for six nights in back-to-back wins.
On Friday against the Blazers, Covington stepped up and knocked down two tough threes in the final 40 seconds of regulation to give the 76ers their third straight win and eighth win in their last ten games.
“I’m a fighter,” said Covington, a sharpshooter who endured some struggles earlier this season. “That’s what I’ve been my whole life. Fans were booing me at one point. I just kept working, that’s the main thing. I’m not going to let that deteriorate my game.”
The game-winning three by Convington tied his season-high of five made threes in a game and gave him 22 points – his third 20-point game of the season. He’s also shooting .358 from three in January, which is worth some Philly love since he was shooting .267 last month.
“These guys are fun,” said Embiid, who suffered a leg injury in the third but was cured by the game-winner that had him running along the sidelines in celebration. “When the game is close like that and you’re able to pull it out, it’s fun. The crowd is into it. Cov made a big shot once again, and we got a win.”