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Clippers’ Ty Lue Weighs in on Ben Simmons’ Defensive Star Power

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“I’m not even questioning it right now,” Simmons told GQ Magazine recently in regards to his status as the league’s best defender. Clippers head coach Ty Lue offered up his opinion on the idea that Ben Simmons could win Defensive Player of the Year.

“He wants it. You know, he wants to guard the best player,” Lue said hours before tip-off. “Playing him last year, one time he ran all the way across the court to try to get to Kawhi because he wants to guard the best. When you’re a defender – a top-notch defender – you want that challenge of guarding the best player every single night. When you watch Philly play, he does it every single night. He wants that challenge. He takes that challenge, and that’s 80-percent of the battle right there, just wanting that challenge every single night.”

Unfortunately, Simmons didn’t get the opportunity to match up against Los Angeles’ best since Kawhi Leonard missed his fourth-straight game on Friday. While Simmons didn’t get the matchup he wanted on Friday night with Leonard out, he still put on another performance that’s sure to boost his chances of winning DPOY once again.

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