Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons Takes Subtle Shots at the Brooklyn Nets’ Defense Before Their Intense Matchup

Published 04/14/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
Apr 10, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts as he leaves the game against the Los Angeles Lakers after being ejected during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


Unlike the West, where the Utah Jazz has taken the Conference by storm, the Eastern Conference has two teams battling for the top seed. Both the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers have been spectacular so far and have the same 37-17 record. However, the 76ers have held the lead for most of the season and continue to do so as they are on a two-game winning streak.

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And the Nets just recovered from their humiliating loss against the Lakers by winning their matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Now that it’s time for these two teams to lock horns, Ben Simmons subtly warns Brooklyn for what’s to come.

Ben Simmons takes jabs at the Brooklyn Nets’ talented roster

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The Brooklyn Nets have been labeled as the team to beat this season in the NBA. With their super team that consists of James Harden, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin, and LaMarcus Aldridge, their offense seems to be looking top notch. Unfortunately, injuries have prevented all of them from playing together.

While that is one of the issues, they have also been struggling with their defense, and it seems like the Sixers are aware of that. In fact, with Ben Simmons‘ most recent comments, it seems like they plan on taking advantage of that too.

When asked about the backlash the Nets have received for stacking up so much talent, Simmons said, “There’s one ball and you have to play defense too. I take pride in playing defense. If I am able to get stops and give guys a hard time doing their job, then we’re going to be able to go further. They have a lot of talent but at the same time, you got to play together as a team.”

Apr 12, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) guards Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Can the Philadelphia 76ers walk the talk?

Simmons isn’t completely wrong. While the Philadelphia 76ers are a team that offers balance with focus on both ends of the court, the Nets have relied heavily on their offense. However, Joel Embiid will play a vital role in determining the way this story will end.

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In fact, without James Harden and now that Kyrie Irving is also questionable for this matchup, the Nets’ chances of winning the matchup become bleaker. Even LaMarcus Aldridge is ruled out of the game because of illness.

This win will enable Philly to get a hold of their fate and prove why they deserve to be in the top seed. Or do you think until the Nets have their entire healthy roster, only then can a fair judgment be made?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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