Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers didn’t hold back when talking about the performance Ben Simmons had in Game 7.
While the Philadelphia 76ers lost Game 7 on Sunday night, thus ending their season in embarrassing fashion, Ben Simmons somehow ended up the worse loser.
Simmons was putrid in the loss. The Sixers supposed star guard shot an abysmal 2-for-4 and recorded only five points. That’s right, one of Philly’s best players only attempted four shots in a Game 7, and missed half of them.
The biggest number on Simmons’ stat line was his 13 assists, which would be admirable if all of them weren’t desperate attempts to move the ball as far away from himself as possible as to ensure he wouldn’t be fouled and sent to the line.
Simmons went to the line 71 times this postseason and only made 24 of those shots.
After the game, Sixers head coach Doc Rivers didn’t mince words when talking about Simmons following the Game 7 loss. Rivers was asked about whether Simmons could be the point guard of a NBA championship team, and proceeded to feed him to the sharks.
Doc Rivers reacts to Ben Simmons performance in Game 7 loss
The narrative with Simmons has been all over the place, but the common thread has been that whatever place the narrative is it isn’t good. First he crushed for his inability to hit a jump shot, and more recently he’s been crucified for not being able to make a free throw.
Hack-A-Simmons was a real strategy, and it really did get into his head.
Trade rumors had already been swirling around Simmons before the doomed playoff series against Atlanta, and those winds will only blow stronger. Earlier this year it was rumored that the Sixers could have landed James Harden so long as Simmons was involved in the deal, but Philly refused.
As the Sixers season comes to another embarrassingly early end, that trade and many others are going to populate the minds of frustrated fans ready for the process to actually start amounting to something.