BOSTON — Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons stated he was “overthinking” on the court docket when he scored only one level in 31 minutes in a Recreation 2 loss to the Boston Celtics on Thursday night time.
“I think it was mainly what I did to myself,” Simmons stated after failing to score a subject goal for the primary time in his 87-game profession. “Mentally, I was pondering an excessive amount of, overthinking the performs. Wasn’t simply on the market, flowing, taking part in the best way that I play, which is free.
“I feel, clearly, [the Celtics] have a recreation plan, I do know what their recreation plan is and I’ve bought to play my recreation.”
Boston — which has a 2-Zero lead in the best-of-seven series — took a bodily method in defending Simmons. The Celtics compelled Simmons to show the ball over 5 occasions and contained his drives, limiting him to only one level on seven drives to the basket, in line with ESPN Stats & Info.
“It took everyone,” Boston’s Marcus Smart stated. “We threw completely different matchups at him, and we actually dictated what he needed to do.”
Simmons, although, stated the Celtics’ bodily play did not hassle him. As an alternative, he stated his struggles had been “self-inflicted.”
“Psychological, pondering an excessive amount of,” the rookie of the year candidate said after setting a career-low for points. “I feel the best way the Warmth performed [against Simmons in the first round], it was nothing examine to the Celtics. Bodily, the Warmth had been on one other degree.”
Simmons was improbable in the Sixers’ first-round series towards Miami. In 5 video games, the 6-foot-10 level guard averaged 18.2 factors, 10.6 rebounds and 9 assists. He had 18 factors, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the Sixers’ Recreation 1 loss to Boston however was utterly shut down Thursday.
“I will have dangerous video games; it occurs,” Simmons said. “Clearly, it isn’t the right timing. However we’re headed house now.”
Simmons’ struggles in Recreation 2 had been in stark distinction to his backup, T.J. McConnell. McConnell had eight factors, 5 assists and two steals in 17 minutes. The Sixers outscored Boston by 16 factors with McConnell on the ground.
McConnnell’s performance — significantly in the fourth quarter — left Sixers coach Brett Brown with a tough determination.
He may have left McConnell in and stored his star rookie on the bench. However Brown selected to sub in Simmons for McConnell with 5:29 to play after McConnell had 4 factors and three assists in the interval.
Philadelphia was up by two when Simmons checked in. The membership ended up shedding by 5, getting outscored 17-10 to shut the sport.
“It is a powerful determination, I admit it,” Brown said of subbing in Simmons for McConnell in the fourth quarter. “This complete playoff expertise is one thing that I need our younger guys, our star gamers, to study from and develop. The choice — do you go together with T.J. nonetheless, or do you return to Ben Simmons — I am coming again to Ben Simmons. I am coming again to Ben.
“He’s had a helluva year, I think he’s the rookie of the year,” Brown added. “I think he’s going to have to learn to play in these environments. And I’m going back with Ben Simmons.”
Historical past shouldn’t be on the Sixers’ facet as they head house for Recreation three in Philadelphia on Saturday. Getting into this postseason, groups that misplaced the primary two video games of a best-of-seven series on the highway have gained simply 6 p.c of these series (15-236), in line with the NBA.
Regardless of these lengthy odds, Brown, Simmons and Joel Embiid every stated that the Sixers would not let Thursday’s loss impression them as they put together for Recreation three.
“We’re studying, we’re a younger workforce. No one is panicking in the locker room, no one’s freaking out,” Simmons said. “We’re staying collectively as a workforce. We go house and we have go to handle enterprise.”