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10:45  16 april  2019
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Nets run Sixers off the court in shocking 111-102 Game 1 rout in Philly

Nets run Sixers off the court in shocking 111-102 Game 1 rout in Philly Before his first playoff series as a head coach, the tireless and obsessive Kenny Atkinson was concerned that he was overpreparing. So he Google-searched “general playoff preparation comments in the NBA,” proving that the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets tackles perplexities like the rest of us with internet service. “I was checking myself to make sure I don’t do much,” Atkinson said. “I did some research this morning – how does Popovich prepare and what do other coaches say about preparing for the playoffs. Be careful that you don’t complicate it too much.

Benjamin David Simmons (born 20 July 1996) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Simmons made several impressive passes out of the post, including a bullet from the left block to JJ Redick for a three on the right wing in the first quarter. It’ll be interesting to see if Harris can develop the same sort of synergy with Embiid in the pick-and-roll once the Sixers ’ All -Star center returns.

Aggressive Ben Simmons makes the Sixers all kinds of scary© Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images On Philadelphia’s very first possession of Game 2 against the Nets, Ben Simmons put his head down and attacked the rim. His opening layup attempt didn’t go in, but it made a statement. This was not going to be like Game 1, when Simmons dribbled toward the paint then reversed course, allowing the Nets to shock the 76ers with a 111-102 series-altering victory in Philly.

This time, he dribbled toward the paint, then stepped on the gas. Aggression from Simmons was not be an issue the second go-round. Instead, it was a strength. After missing the first layup, Simmons made the next. Then he attacked again, resulting in free throws, before exploiting a mismatch on the low block.

Simmons softens stance on booing Sixers fans

Simmons softens stance on booing Sixers fans After landing himself in some hot water for telling off booing fans, Ben Simmons is taking a step back a bit. 

The Sixers played No. 1 picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz together for a spurt as the team The Sixers saw a more aggressive Butler Friday (see story) , but overall, this was by far the most While much has been made about his offensive output, there have been a few troubling moments on

But Ben Simmons , with the basketball bouncing up and down from his fingertips, was waiting for no one. The Pistons were buckling down, trying to Embiid, for all his injury woes, could change the NBA — never mind just the Sixers . But there are so many contingencies leveraged on these possibilities

Simmons was far from timid in Game 2, where the Sixers led by as many as 32 in a convincing 145-123 victory over the Nets. He finished with a triple-double of 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, plus two steals. He was every bit as good as his fans envisioned.


This was the Ben Simmons the Sixers need to realize their playoff hopes. This was the player the Sixers have been looking for all season, and was exactly the player Simmons was not in Game 1.

The first quarter was a clinic for Simmons, one of the most gifted young players in the NBA whose lack of a perimeter jumper has been his Achilles' heel. Philly’s prince scored or assisted on 13 of his team’s first 20 points.

Philly blew this game wide open in the third quarter, when it scored an unheard-of 51 points. Simmons only scored two points in little more than seven minutes in the period, but he did have five assists and zero turnovers.

It’s no accident Game 2 went differently than Game 1. When Simmons is aggressive, the game opens up for everyone on the floor. When Simmons is timid, the floor shrinks.

Simmons is the 76ers’ barometer

You only have to tune in to talk show radio for five minutes to hear a host bashing Simmons’ game. He can’t shoot, they’ll say. His game is killing the Sixers.

The truth is when Simmons doesn’t play like himself, it hurts everybody on the court. In today’s NBA, it’s difficult to play more than one non-shooter on the floor. It hurts twice as much when that non-shooter is your primary ball handler and isn’t making himself a threat in other way.

Simmons triple-double leads 76ers to Game 2 win over Nets

Simmons triple-double leads 76ers to Game 2 win over Nets Ben Simmons had 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers had an answer for the pesky Brooklyn Nets in a 145-123 win to even their Eastern Conference playoff series Monday night. BOX SCORE: SIXERS 145, NETS 123 Simmons had a disastrous Game 1, on the court (nine points) and from a PR perspective after he criticized fans for booing during a game the Sixers were never really in. He backtracked the next day at practice and never gave another 20,591 fans a chance to do anything but roar in approval in Game 2.

Ben Simmons is not the next LeBron James, but he may be the next NBA star to fill the lane he opened. Simmons spent one season at LSU (notable only for the critically acclaimed documentary chronicling it) and three practices with the Sixers before breaking the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Ben Simmons , however, was on his game from the tip-off and really had an aggressive night attacking the But I kind of just looked at Ben , and before he even threw it in I was like, “oh my God, I’m gonna get a He can be quiet for 3 quarters if he’s going to give the Sixers clutch shot making in the 4th.

That’s why the key for Simmons is getting downhill. When he gets open in transition, he’s a handful to stop. Simmons is one of the most gifted athletes on an NBA roster, but he has to actually play like it to take advantage.

When Simmons is aggressive, and aggressive early on, it sets the tone for the rest of the team. Brooklyn didn’t respect him in Game 1, sagging completely back and walling the paint off inside of five or so feet. This time around, Simmons attacked like there was no wall. If there was, he burst right through it.

Philadelphia relies heavily on Joel Embiid, and for good reason: he’s the most dominant player at his position, a talent who pushed The Process into a win-now posture. But Simmons is the second head of Philly’s two-pronged attack,

In Game 2, Simmons showed why. It’s still early, and the Nets will make their changes, but Ben Simmons was powerful when the Sixers needed him to be. If he can play that hard on a consistent basis, maybe the 76ers will be just fine after all.

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Aggressive Ben Simmons makes the Sixers all kinds of scary

Why Sixers' Simmons won't be fazed by a few boos.
Ben Simmons grew up playing ferocious and physical Australian Rules Football so he's not going to be fazed by a few boos. And that, contrary to popular perception around the NBA and still among some in Philadelphia, he might just be tougher than he looks. Simmons has been hearing the heat during the past two games of the 76ers playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets and reacted to it in exactly the way you want to see from a promising young player. Getting jeered every time he touched the ball, Simmons reeled off a career playoff best 31 points to steer his team into a series advantage in Game 3.

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