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Doc Rivers not giving up on Ben Simmons, says 76ers have a plan in place to improve his shooting struggles

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Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers raised eyebrows when he gave an honest answer to the question of whether Ben Simmons could be the point guard of a championship team following Philadelphia’s 103-96 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 7 on Sunday night. His response immediately generated a flurry of trade speculation surrounding Simmons, but on Monday he made it clear that he isn’t giving up on the Defensive Player of the Year runner-up, and that he remains sanguine about Simmons, though he acknowledged that there’s a lot of work to be done. ”

So, what will the Sixers do to help Simmons become a more complete player? Well, according to Rivers, improvement will begin at the free throw line – an area where Simmons was an unmitigated disaster this postseason. If Simmons does remain in Philadelphia heading into next season, which he stated that he would like to do following Game 7 on Sunday night, the Sixers will have to hope that Rivers’ improvement plan works, or else their ceiling as a team will continue to be compromised.

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