Ben Simmons returned to Philadelphia but his all-around outing was not enough to net a win.
Ben Simmons Impressive in Return to Philly
Ben Simmons finally played his first game back in Philadelphia. Although it ended up with a loss for his Brooklyn Nets, Simmons was impressive in his first match against his former team, the Philadelphia 76ers. Despite the home crowd raining down boos every time he touched the ball, Simmons maintained his composure and tallied an all-around stat line of 11 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks.
This is not the first time that Ben Simmons turned in a stellar outing this season. In fact, he has been on a string of good games in the past several days. Simmons put up 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists in a two-point win against the Portland Trail Blazers, then followed it up with a season-high 22 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in a 12-point victory against the Memphis Grizzlies. With Simmons moving off the ball and reading the defense, it might be safe to say that this string of good games is not just a fluke.
Still, Simmons and the whole Nets squad have a lot of things to work on. Losing to a Sixers team that missed the services of stars Joel Embiid, James Harden, and Tyrese Maxey was nothing short of an embarrassment. If they want to achieve elite status in the league, they must take care of the games they’re supposed to win. As of now, the Nets are sporting a record of eight wins against ten defeats, which is just good for the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference standings. They will face the Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers to finish their current three-game road trip, before going back home to host the Blazers.