Over The Hump: Ben Simmons
Surprise surprise, Ben Simmons is making yet another appearance on this week’s edition of Over The Hump. Starting to think we should really just call this series “What Ben Simmons needs to work on this week” or “Ben Simmons is just not a good basketball player.”
It’s getting ridiculous at this point. Why is it that in Philadelphia we have the most polarizing athletes? What did we do to deserve such madness? I refuse to believe that it’s because fans threw snowballs at Santa Claus like the national media constantly narrates. It’s time for Ben Simmons to bear down, figure it out, and get over the hump. Let’s dive into it!
I’ve had some time now to calm down and digest what happened in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals against the Atlanta Hawks. Still can’t really wrap my brain around what happened. This was the most frustrating game of sports involving a ball that I have ever had the pleasure of watching. The fact that our supposed star, Ben Simmons, was no where to be found in that game is truly mind boggling.
The only things that he contributed to the game were negative things. His stat line was an astonishing 5 points, 13 assists, and 8 rebounds in 36 minutes. FIVE. POINTS. Ladies and gentlemen, five points is completely unacceptable out of a star in this league in a regular season game, let alone a PLAYOFF game. I don’t care how many assists he had. He was truly awful on the offensive end of the court.
Let’s talk about the botched dunk. A true turning point in the game. Ben Simmons made a great move in the post to get post some Hawks bum. Had a wide open dunk, and passed it to Matisse Thybulle into what quickly became double coverage. The Sixers ended up settling for one point instead of two on the missed free throw. The points matter, yes, but a dunk would have shifted the momentum of the game the Sixers’ way. But no, Ben Simmons’ shattered ego got in the way because he didn’t want to go to the line. How soft is this guy? And he’s one of our star players.
I’m sick and tired of the Benablers in this city saying that he still contributes offensively, and he “runs the offense,” and he “facilitates the ball really well,” and “if you can’t see that you don’t know basketball.” All I’m saying is, the Sixers lost that playoff game because of Ben Simmons’ inability to step up in a big moment.
Ben Simmons’ future in Philadelphia is up in the air as of now, and it should be. He has a lot to figure out this off season. I suggest he takes Ryan Conway’s advice and goes on a spiritual journey through the mountains of Tibet to find a fucking jump shot.
I’m still upset. I apologize.
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