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Sixers' Ben Simmons gets dragged online after 1-point game vs Celtics

The truth of the matter is Simmons' lack of an outside game helps the Celtics' physicality and lane-packing, which are working on the rookie's confidence.


Kahron Spearman


The Boston Celtics now hold a surprising 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with the Philadelphia 76ers, thanks in large part to their defensive physicality on oversized point guard Ben Simmons. 

 

The Celtics pushed Simmons into five turnovers (against seven assists) while limiting his downhill drives. He scored just one point with five rebounds. It was the first time he's been held without a field goal.

 

However, Simmons isn't giving the Celtics any credit whatsoever.

I think it was mainly what I did to myself. Mentally, I was thinking too much, overthinking the plays. Wasn't just out there, flowing, playing the way that I play, which is free. I think, obviously, [the Celtics] have a game plan, I know what their game plan is, and I've got to play my game.

Simmons totaled 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the Sixers' Game 1 loss, but was virtually eliminated in Game 2.

 

"I'm going to have bad games; it happens," Simmons said, per ESPN. "Obviously, it's not the perfect timing. But we're headed home now."

 

And fans and trolls came out to give Simmons the business about his one point. But the truth of the matter is that the Celtics' physicality and lane-packing are working on the rookie's confidence. 

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