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Ben Simmons scores season-high 22, ‘ready to play’ at 76ers on Tuesday

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After a brutal start in Brooklyn, Ben Simmons picks up momentum just in time to face the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Nets guard made 11-of-13 shots Sunday for 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a 122-115 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. The scoring total was the third straight season high after he scored 15 and 11 points in the previous two games. He led the Nets with a plus-19 in the plus-minus column.

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This was all due to a return to the starting XI after coming off the bench in his previous four games. Next up is the 76ers in Philadelphia in Simmons’ first game against the team that drafted him and eventually traded him amid a very public breakup.

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So how is Simmons feeling ahead of Tuesday’s game?

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“I’m ready to play,” Simmons said. “Something going on?”

It’s nice to see that he can joke about all of this.

Sunday was probably the best Simmons has felt since joining the Nets. After a back injury and mental health issues sidelined him after last year’s trade with Brooklyn, Simmons struggled in his 2022–23 rookie season, averaging 6.2 points on just 6.3 field goals. while committing fouls twice in their first six games.

He missed the next four games due to a knee injury and upon his return found himself retiring from the bench. Questions about his willingness to quit that plagued him in Philadelphia only worsened early in his career with the Nets.

Now he scores and again in the first team. He appears to have gained confidence before returning to Philadelphia. The timing is perfect for Simmons.

Rejoining Simmons on Sunday was Kyrie Irving, who has missed the last eight games by suspension after supporting the anti-Semitic film on social media. Irving had 14 points and five rebounds.

Neither of them will receive a warm welcome in Philadelphia. How they and the Nets react to an apparently hostile environment will shed light on how willing they are to compete on the court amidst a host of distractions.

November 20, 2022;  Brooklyn, New York, USA;  Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons (10) dunks Memphis Grizzlies center Stephen Adams (4) in the third quarter at the Barclays Center.  Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
November 20, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons (10) dunks Memphis Grizzlies center Stephen Adams (4) in the third quarter at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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