The Philadelphia 76ers had to go to battle with the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night without their star player in Ben Simmons after he was a late scratch with left calf tightness. “That’s the point I try to make to you guys when you talk about Ben not making 3s. I keep trying to tell everyone, Ben’s value is so much more than what you guys are talking about.”
The Sixers still had superstar big man Joel Embiid, but that was it. “You look at the way Portland played, they were hunting our mismatches, especially different guys guarding Melo or creating actions out of it. That made us react a few times and they got a bunch of 3s out of that. That’s where you miss them a lot because when he’s on the floor defensively, especially with the guard play that Portland had tonight.”
Simmons not only would have helped Philadelphia on the defensive end, but offensively, he would have helped them get into a groove. “That’s what Ben does. Ben’s ability leads us to take 3s. He doesn’t necessarily take them, he creates them. I think he leads the league in that category, as a matter of fact.”
Simmons is the definition of a player who makes his teammates better.