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Sixers explain importance of Ben Simmons pushing the pace offensively

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The Philadelphia 76ers have had star point guard Ben Simmons back for two games after he missed four games with an illness.

“Those four games have done him well because he’s playing at a great pace, he’s healthy, and you can see what he does for our team,” said coach Doc Rivers. “He’s a one-man fast break and if you’re not set and back, he’s gonna get to the basket. If not, he’s drawing people, and we’re getting 3s. We clearly missed that in those games he was out, so you can clearly see the value of Ben.”

While Simmons is one of the elite defenders in the league and the Sixers certainly missed him on that end, it is on the offensive end where they probably missed him the most. “Just getting the ball up the court, pushing it. He might not score, he might have an open lane, and sometimes he might not have it, but that makes the defenses collapse and he’s finding shooters. He’s finding guys and guys are making shots.”

Simmons found Seth Curry open for a couple of shots, which allowed him to get into a rhythm early.

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