Sixers star Ben Simmons has been a non-factor against the Celtics so far. He was virtually invisible in Game 2 Thursday, taking just four shots and missing them all in 31 minutes. His performance was so bad, Sixers head coach Brett Brown subbed in backup point guard T.J. McConnell midway through the third quarter, and didn’t take him out until there were five minutes remaining in the fourth.
The Celtics have swarmed Simmons with a combination of Al Horford, Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris in the series. Through two games, Simmons is minus-44.
Despite his wretchedly passive play, Simmons was not humble after the game Thursday. Instead, he put down the Celtics’ defense, saying his first-round matchup against the Heat was tougher.
“I think first series –– (the Celtics) have nothing –– the way the Heat played, it was nothing compared to the Celtics. Physically, the Heat were on another level,” Simmons told reporters, per MassLive. “But yeah, I think it was self-inflicted for myself. Personally, my own game. Team-wise, I think we made too many errors when we had that lead and we need to stay on it.”
After Game 1, Sixers center Joel Embiid called out the Garden crowd. Celtics fans responded raucously in Game 2, appearing to bring down the building on several occasions. Boston’s defense has a chance to answer Simmons Saturday in Philadelphia. So far, his words ring hollow.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog