Sport NBA Playoffs 2021: Aggressive Ben Simmons sparks big second half for Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3

10:08  12 june  2021
10:08  12 june  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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''It really shows what the playoffs is about,'' 76 ers forward Tobias Harris said. ''You never know who's going to be able to step up.'' Milton took his turn in Game 2 . Milton shined at times as a sixth man this season before he fell out of favor and slogged through an awful first round against Washington ( 3 .4 Milton did not play in the first half but promptly buried a quick 3 to make it 82-80 for Philadelphia 's first bench points in 34 minutes. He buried a long-distance 3 at the horn that sent the Sixers into the fourth quarter with a 91-84 lead and sent the crowd into an absolute frenzy. He kept it going with a jumper

A message from Doc Rivers helped spark a big second half from Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers.

Leading by five points through two quarters, the Sixers used a 34-19 third period to break the game open.

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The third quarter onslaught was sparked in the transition game, with Simmons playing a key role in the surge.

"We just thought he passed up too many opportunities, in the fast break, in the post," Rivers explained postgame.

"So we told him we're gonna come out and feature him on the post, and be aggressive, with the pass first."

"I always think when you start him out passing in the post, then he gets aggressive in the game. He was great for us. It's exactly what we need, with his pace and power, it was great."

NBA Playoffs 2021: Ben Simmons needs to be the Philadelphia 76ers' answer to Trae Young

  NBA Playoffs 2021: Ben Simmons needs to be the Philadelphia 76ers' answer to Trae Young The 76ers surrendered home court advantage after dropping Game 1 to the Hawks and Trae Young had his fingerprints all over the victory. If Philadelphia is going to keep its championship aspirations alive, head coach Doc Rivers has to utilize Defensive Player of the Year candidate Ben Simmons to contain Atlanta's prolific playmaker.Star guard Trae Young continued his remarkable postseason debut, terrorizing the 76ers defence to the tune of 35 points and 10 assists to lead Atlanta to the hard-fought victory.

Game 3 : Series tied 1-1. Series edge up for grabs as matchup shifts to Atlanta. The 76 ers shot 46. 2 percent from beyond the arc in Game 2 , as opposed to just 34.5 percent in the series opener. Young followed up a strong shooting performance in Game 1 by making just 6 of 16 shots from the floor and 1 of 7 from 3-point range on Tuesday. Ben Simmons , who finished second to Utah's Rudy Gobert for Defensive Player of the Year honors, switched freely with Matisse Thybulle while guarding Young in Game 2 .

2021 Playoffs : East Semifinal | 76 ers (1) vs. Hawks (5). Sixers' improved offensive efficiency on After allowing Joel Embiid to go to work in the post for most of the first two games, the Hawks were more aggressive with double-teams in Game 3 . They kept Furkan Korkmaz started the second half for Green and the Sixers have more options 76 ers ' Green leaves Game 3 with strained calf.

For Simmons, the job was simple.

"I just tried to push the pace, get in the lane and find my guys. I think I did a good job of that in the second half," Simmons said.

Simmons finished the game with 18 points and seven assists, with the Australian speaking with reporters for the first time since finishing second in the Defensive Player of the Year award voting. Simmons played down the importance of winning the individual award with the greater team goal in mind.

"Congrats to Rudy. It is what it is, I'm really not concerned about individual awards, I want the championship. That's my goal. Honestly the goal was never Defensive Player of the Year, it was just go out there and do my job and try to be the best defender in the league regardless of the award."

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If Simmons has a chance to be named the league's top defensive player, these next three games will be key. Sixers guard Ben Simmons will match up with the Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic on Monday night.Read more YONG KIM / Staff Photographer. by Keith Pompey. DALLAS — In this podcast, our Keith Pompey talks about the 76 ers ’ being tied for second in the NBA in road wins. He also discusses how the Sixers’ next three games could go a long way in Ben Simmons ’ bid for defensive player of the year.

Philadelphia 76 ers . Promo Title. Presented by. Ben Simmons addresses the media following Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks. Jun 6, 2021 | 03:06. The 76 ers could not complete the comeback, falling in Game 1 128-124 to the Hawks. Ben Simmons closes out the 76 ers first-round series with his third playoff triple-double; scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.

For the second game in a row, Simmons was tasked with the role of primary defender on Trae Young, with the dynamic Hawks' guard finishing with 28 points.

"The confidence has always been there defensively. He's a smart young player so I got a lot of respect for him and every game is going to be a little different. Tonight he slowed it down, picked his spots and really attacked but I look forward to guarding the best player every night so that's my job."

Philadelphia will now look to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series, with Game 4 to be played in Atlanta.

"This is the playoffs. Everybody is in the playoffs for a reason. This is a good team so we can't let up regardless if we are up 10, 20, 30."

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