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Ben Simmons softens stance on booing Philadelphia fans

16 April 2019

Both teams are in this position after what unfolded in Brooklyn's 111-102 win on Saturday afternoon.

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The Philadelphia 76ers entered the 2019 NBA Playoffs as a team widely viewed as one who could be a "Cinderella" of sorts.

The Toronto Raptors are now 2-14 all-time in Game 1 of a playoff series.

"I guarantee if we're winning, they're not booing, so that's the way to change it". Things couldn't have gone much worse for the Sixers, who couldn't quiet Brooklyn's guards or their own fans. The 76ers should play better as J.J. Redick, Simmons and Harris combined for just 18 points in Game 1 but they averaged 55.0 per game in the regular season. But after a Game 1 slip-up against the Brooklyn Nets, the Sixers now need to turn the tides and do so quickly. "We're ready for the challenge".

He knows that to succeed in this series, he needs to have a different mindset. But they needed someone to step up and be the focal point of the offense, and D'Angelo Russell was more than happy to comply. Game 2, 8 p.m. EDT, TNT. Philly obviously needs him on the floor, but this series has the potential to go beyond five games, so the Sixers need to play it smart with him as well.

KEEP AN EYE ON: The benches. "I think at the end of the day we just came out, we would rather get fouls rather just letting these guys push us around".

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"Make it tough for the two of them", Jared Dudley said.

PRESSURE IS ON: Simmons.

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Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley were ejected with 4:41 to go, just 19 seconds after they received double-technicals when Durant stripped Beverley and the Clippers guard fell into the scorer's table. Favorites getting less than 50% of bets, like the 76ers, have gone 230-198-14 (54%) ATS since 2005 in the playoffs.

"Nah, I can control myself", Durant said, unconcerned. "Everybody knows what Pat brings to the table and the type of competitor that he is". I wouldn't want to be in a place where they didn't really care or only showed up when times are going well. It was only game 1 of the postseason and while they did look a bit out of sorts they clearly underestimated the opponent and, perhaps, there was a bit of the jitters as well. That was their most all season and tied a franchise playoff high also done on April 27, 1989, at Utah in the first round. Harris was even worse with four points on seven attempts.

Ben Simmons softens stance on booing Philadelphia fans