In 76ers' biggest game of the year, James Harden turned into Ben Simmons
The 76ers got rid of Ben Simmons for a few reasons but largely because he refused to shoot the basketball in the second half of the biggest game of last year, a home elimination game in the conference semifinal round.
Simmons was mysteriously and inexplicably scared to shoot in Game 6 of last year’s Hawks series.
In the second half of the Hawks’ 103-96 win at the Wells Fargo Center last June, Simmons played 17 minutes, 35 seconds, took two shots, made one and managed three points as the Hawks eliminated the 76ers.
We had never seen anything like it.
Remember, Simmons played well last year. He averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game and made his third straight all-star team and the NBA’s all-defense first team. …
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