As the team got back to work on Saturday, coach Doc Rivers went into what the team is missing with Simmons no longer with the team. “That’s what Ben did. Tyrese today got into the paint more. The first three days he literally didn’t touch the blue. Now, the defense was good, but he has to live in that paint. Very few people can stay in front of him. So he did that better; that was good.”
Rivers does have a good point when it comes to Simmons. Simmons has made the All-Defensive Team in two consecutive seasons and he would constantly shut down some of the game’s best scorers when it mattered most for Philadelphia. “We have to do more stuff. We’re working on more situational things defensively, but we’ll be ready for it.”
Maxey made huge strides all season as a rookie on the defensive end of the floor and in the wake of Simmons leaving, there will be more he has to do on that end.