NBA playoffs: Ben Simmons passes up easiest shot in history

Sixers fans crush Simmons for relaying the simplest shot that originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Ben Simmons may have played himself out of favor in Philadelphia forever.
Simmons disappeared in a harrowing manner during the Sixers seven-game series against the Hawks, refusing to shoot the ball and looking cautious in ways we had never seen before. He seemed afraid of a goal.
And those problems peaked in Game 7 on Sunday night when Simmons made the most inexcusable decision I've ever seen on a basketball court.
With 3:30 to go in the fourth quarter and the Sixers two behind, Simmons split off Danilo Gallinari and found himself wide open on the right. Trae Young started helping his husband, but Ben Simmons is Ben Simmons and Trae Young is Trae Young.
Here's what Simmons did:
I've been a huge Simmons fan for a long time. I like the way he sets the pace, I love his creativity and vision at Fastbreaks, and I love his defensive tenacity. There is so much to like.
But that's the last drop of his reluctance to be an offensive force. It's inexcusable.
Sixers fans couldn't believe what they saw:
Goodbye Ben
- Brent Cohen (@EaglesRewind) June 21, 2021
Simmons scored just five points with four shots on Sunday night and averaged less than 10 points per game for the series.
That can't happen, and it will be very interesting to see where the Sixers' makers come to a worrying post-season trend for a franchise cornerstone.
In this article:
Atlanta Hawks
Thursday 3.30 a.m.
Philadelphia 76ers
1. East
Ben Simmons
# 25
Trae Young
# 11

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