Simmons said after it was a result of "overthinking". "My teammates believe in me, my coaches believe in me, so you know I just want to keep it going".
"With Ben, I give them credit".
Simmons seemed to appreciate the phone call from Iverson. Simmons is averaging 15.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 4.6 turnovers through the first seven games of the postseason.
They didn't. Boston finished the night with 117 points and an outrageous 124.5 offensive rating.
On Friday, Simmons was asked if his confidence was shaken.
"[My confidence] is very high", Simmons said, via The Philadelphia Inquirer's Marc Narducci. We didn't execute offensively what we wanted to, every time down the floor. "So that's not going to change".
At times, Simmons didn't look locked into the contest and during his post-game press conference he admitted he was over-thinking the game. "And I'm just thinking about how to play tonight". "He's seeing a wall".
During his playing days the man of many nicknames was as dominant a force as the league had seen, but even he had poor showings.
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"I think that's what it was".
Speaking of Dwayne Wade, one rookie has drawn a lot of comparisons to the Miami Heat veteran's early years.
Regardless of who wins the award, it's clear to see that the National Basketball Association is in great hands for the future with some truly great talent on display. "I thought I was (lousy)".
"That's the frustrating part but obviously those few days off was not the best for us", Simmons said. McConnell. McConnell had eight points, five assists and two steals in 17 minutes. And since superstar Kyrie Irving and $29 million free agent forward Gordon Hayward were also out, it was a jarring reminder that the Sixers still must find a way past Boston in the rebuilding race.
"I'm not going to sit Ben Simmons", Brown said.
Ultimately, those who vote on awards will determine whether Simmons should be, for lack of a better word, disqualified for "redshirting", or if he and Mitchell will be judged on their numbers and impact on their teams. "The other night, he had an outlier".
Game 3 is set for Sunday (AEST), and will be played in Philadelphia. The Sixers face long odds after falling down 0-2 against the Celtics.
It is generally agreed that the seven game series slog, the focused tactical adjustments, and the increased pressure will cause some players to wilt when it matters the most.