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Defending Kawhi Leonard in playoff series set defensive tone for Sixers’ Ben Simmons

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Simmons had the most success of any of the Sixers in defending Leonard, who went on to lead the Raptors to their first NBA title. “That’s the last time I. I just tried to carry that energy and consistency to now.”

YONG KIM / Staff Photographer Sixers guard Ben Simmons defends Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard during Game 6 in the Eastern Conference playoff semifinals on May 9. Looking to return to his home state, the Finals MVP signed with the Clippers in July.

Going into the summer, Simmons felt like the Sixers didn’t complete the mission.

“We got to get a win,” Simmons said of the Sixers’ final game before the All-Star break.

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