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Sport Simmons inspires 76ers to conference semis

06:16  03 june  2021
06:16  03 june  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

'Special' Simmons confounds critics in playoff win

  'Special' Simmons confounds critics in playoff win Ben Simmons' shooting wasn't up to scratch against Washington, but his box score showed how instrumental he was for the 76ers.Look beyond his mere six points and there's a very different story. Simmons became just the sixth player in NBA history to have 15 rebounds and 15 assists in a playoff game, and added one steal, one block and two turnovers to be +18 in his 38 minutes on the court.

Ben Simmons leads Embiid-less Philadelphia 76 ers to Western Conference semi finals. Ben Simmons copped flak for a less than impressive night at the line in yesterday's loss to the Wizards, but the Aussie NBA superstar flipped the script this morning to inspire the Philadelphia 76 ers to the Western Conference semi finals with a 4-1 series win. In a promising show of commitment, Simmons was spotted on-court hours before tip-off practicing his free throws after the Wizards employed a 'hack-a- Simmon ' tactic in their Game Four upset.

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will both be unable to start the second half of the season with the Philadelphia 76 ers , though neither All-Star will be missing from the Eastern Conference leaders’ lineup for long. Provided both continue to test negative for COVID-19, they would be cleared after those games, the 76 ers said. Simmons and Embiid both traveled to Atlanta for Sunday’s All-Star Game, only to learn the night before that they were flagged by contact tracing data. The barber that both visited prior to their private flights to Atlanta tested positive for COVID-19, and even though neither Embiid nor

Ben Simmons copped flak for a less than impressive night at the line in yesterday's loss to the Wizards, but the Aussie NBA superstar flipped the script this morning to inspire the Philadelphia 76ers to the Western Conference semi finals with a 4-1 series win.

In a promising show of commitment, Simmons was spotted on-court hours before tip-off practicing his free throws after the Wizards employed a 'hack-a-Simmon' tactic in their Game Four upset.

It appeared to pay off for the Aussie who went 5 of 8 from the free-throw line, but more importantly did what he did best, orchestrating Philly on both ends of the court with his third career playoff triple-double.

NBA Playoffs 2021: Ben Simmons powers Philadelphia 76ers to victory over Washington Wizards in Game 2

  NBA Playoffs 2021: Ben Simmons powers Philadelphia 76ers to victory over Washington Wizards in Game 2 Simmons was in attack mode in Game 2, flirting with a triple-double as the 76ers cruised to a 120-95 win over the Wizards.Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid combined for 63 points as they overwhelmed with Wizards from the jump to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.

Ben Simmons ’ impending break-up with the 76 ers is becoming more bitter by the day as the Australian makes it clear he has no interest staying in Philadelphia. Simmons wants out after copping a barrage of criticism for his lacklustre performances in last season’s Eastern Conference semi -finals against “Ben Simmons knows that, so they are saying why should we help the 76 ers out when they feel like when Doc Rivers said what he said, nobody apologised, and Doc was never reprimanded.” Pompey said on Philadelphia radio he has been told by a Western Conference chief executive: “Think about

Ben Simmons going to Philadelphia 76 ers training camp would be… awkward. Simmons doesn’t want it, he wants to be traded this offseason, to the Warriors if possible. To make his point, Simmons reportedly isn’t speaking to 76er players or the organization, with everything going through his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. Simmons showing up for camp is far from the ideal situation for the 76 ers either.

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Simmons had to do it all without the help of superstar teammate Joel Embiid who is carrying a knee injury, and will hope to be fit for the next round.

Seth Curry scored a playoff career-high 30 points. Tobias Harris added 28 points and teamed with Curry and Simmons to carry the offensive load with Embiid out.

Simmons had 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to keep the top-seeded 76ers in the hunt for their first championship since 1983.

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Embiid and Simmons will both miss the 76 ers game against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, and then Simmons will have to miss Friday’s game against the Washington Wizards, too. As long as they both keep testing negative, Embiid can play against the Wizards and then Simmons can return for Sunday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. While he’s happy his two stars won’t be sidelined with the coronavirus itself, 76 ers coach Doc Rivers knows how big of a hit the team will take in the first two games without them.

Ben Simmons inspired the 76 ers in Philadelphia, where he had a triple-double of 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. It was Simmons ' third career playoff triple-double, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Charles Barkley to move into second place on the all-time list in Philadelphia history – behind only Wilt Chamberlain Next up for the 76 ers are the fifth-seeded Hawks, who saw off the New York Knicks 4-1 behind a 103-89 success. Trae Young silenced fourth seeds the Knicks with a postseason career-high 36 points in New York. Julius Randle's 23 points and 13 rebounds were not enough for the Knicks.

Embiid is day to day with a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and he was reduced to Philadelphia's biggest cheerleader as the Sixers put the misery of last season's first-round sweep behind them.

Ben Simmons powers the 76ers past the Wizards. (Getty) © Getty Ben Simmons powers the 76ers past the Wizards. (Getty)

Embiid gave a sneak peek that the injury suffered in a Game 4 loss might not keep him out very long. The NBA MVP candidate had the crowd going wild when he hit the court for pregame warmups. He shot jumpers around the perimeter, fadeaways, even some free throws — all without any sort of noticeable knee brace under his white leggings —- and put on a show that proved his absence might not last beyond Game 5.

Coach Doc Rivers, in his first season, said he expected Embiid to return in the postseason.

"I don't know when or how early," he said. "I'm hopeful. I think that's a better way of putting it."

So Embiid and the Sixers wait for the winner of the Atlanta — New York series.

Sixers fans couldn't wait, chanting "We want Brooklyn!" as the seconds ticked off in Game 5.

- with AP

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