Ben Simmons responded to fierce criticism of his struggles in the playoffs
After limping from the free throw line to an all-time low throughout the playoffs and making almost no shots in the late game of the playoffs, Ben Simmons has resolved his offensive struggles.
After the Philadelphia 76ers lost to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 7, Simmons told reporters: “My shooting percentage in this series is not high.” “Offensively, I’m not there. I haven’t done enough for my teammates… I need to do a lot of things.”
Simmons made only 33% of his free throws against the Hawks, and his total free throw percentage in the playoffs was 34.2%. According to data from ESPN Stats & Information, his poor strike rate on the charity streak also earned him an unpopular history because his free throw percentage is the worst among players with at least 70 attempts in the history of the NBA playoffs. Free throw percentage.
The three-time All-Star has repeatedly become the victim of “Hacker Shark”. Although he is an All-Star, his inability to switch from the line makes him a major burden. In seven games against Atlanta, Simmons barely attempted to shoot, and in five of his seven games he did not attempt to shoot in the fourth quarter.
In order to fuel the firepower of Philadelphia, Joel Embiid said after the game that he thought Simmons failed to shoot when he was open at the basket at the moment of the game against the 76ers.
“Man, I’ll be honest. I thought the turning point was when you knew us, I don’t know how to say it, but I think the turning point was when we had open shots, we made one free throw, we missed the other, and then they fell and Score,” Embiid said.
Simmons also talked about the incident in a media interview.
“I just assumed Gallo would come over from my back,” he said. “Then [John] Collins moved away [of the lane], So I thought we just had an open dunk. “
Embiid is not the only member of the Sixers to speak out about Simmons’ playoff performance. 76ers coach Rivers was asked if the 76ers could win the championship with Simmons as a point guard. He replied: “I don’t know the question or the answer right now.”
Simmons does admit that he has some psychological demons that need to be overcome.
“The first thing I want to do is to clarify my thinking and adjust my mentality,” he said. “You have to be mentally strong. You can’t take games for granted. Especially the playoffs. Every game is important. Every property is important.”
Simmons is still an elite guard and made Tre Young 5-23 in the 7th game. He will turn 25 next month and owe 140.4 million in the next four seasons. US dollars.
This post is written by Nick Jungfer