Boston Celtics not letting Ben Simmons do anything

Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons was in full "it's not you, it's me" mode after his dud of a performance in Game 2 against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

"I think it was mainly what I did to myself", said Simmons, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

"Thinking too much about everything, about every play on the floor". 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".

Let's start off with Ben Simmons, who will most probably get the Rookie of the Year nod after a sparkling year leading the Sixers. That being said, this is the hardest basketball Simmons has played during his career, and he is being exploited on both ends right now. Along with Joel Embiid and a bunch of shooters, Simmons has helped turn Philadelphia from one of the worst teams in NBA history to a squad with seemingly as good a chance to move on to the NBA Finals as anyone in the Eastern Conference. Simmons wants to make a statement after that game two performance, and it is truly do or die in game three.

But the rookie has pulled a disappearing act against the Celtics, and Philadelphia now finds themselves in a 2-0 series hole after Simmons' worst game as a professional.

"They won 15 games in a row, won the first round", Tatum said.

That's a lot to ask of a rookie, but Tatum has continued to rise to the occasion every time his team has needed him this year. We've got two home games that we need to take care of and handle business. The backup point guard was plus-16 in just 17 minutes. "With Ben, they do a good job defending him", he said.

He defended his decision following the game after opting to take out back-up point TJ McConnell, who finished with eight points and five assists.

Simmons isn't as tall or long as Antetokounmpo, but he might be equally unique - a 6-foot-10 forward who handles and passes like the best point guards in the league. - I'm coming back to Ben Simmons. They're regularly sagging a defender completely off the ball, taking away any post-up action, and daring him to drive into a defender in the paint.

It's going to take a historic comeback for the 76ers to defeat the Celtics, but as we've seen with Simmons all season long, his name belongs in the record books and adding one more to his tally would only seem fitting.

Philadelphia will come up with counters to give Simmons some room.

Game 3 is set for Sunday (AEST), and will be played in Philadelphia.

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