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Some Sixers thought Ben Simmons lied about COVID-19 exposure to try to get out of Game 7 vs. Hawks, per report

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We knew about that infamous play and the quotes from Doc Rivers afterward, but what we didn’t know is Simmons almost didn’t even play that night due to a COVID-19 scare.

Several players were questioned about whether they’d seen her that morning, but only Simmons said that he had.

“He answered the question honestly, without thinking of the implications,” says one source close to Simmons.

But according to multiple sources, many within the team questioned whether Simmons had actually seen the masseuse – or was just trying to get out of playing as he battled the basketball version of the yips.

Was Simmons really looking for an excuse not to play? That would be pretty remarkable, but he’s the only one who knows what he was thinking in the moment.

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