Ben Simmons invokes Nets' loss as comparison for his, Sixers' playoff struggles

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Ben Simmons' free throw woes and his inability — or unwillingness — to take jump shots are nothing new. We've come to expect this from Simmons, who, despite these shortcomings, still manages to post brilliant regular season numbers and earn accolades for his production. He was selected to his third All-Star team in as many years for the 2020-21 season, was named to his second consecutive All-Defensive First Team and was an important cog on both sides of the ball in bringing the Sixers to their first place 49-23 record. His scoring totals were 14.3 points per game on 55.7 percent shooting from the field and 61.3 percent shooting from the line. He attempted more than 10 shots per contest and would finish with force while attacking the rim.

In the playoffs, he averaged 11.9 points on 7.9 field goal attempts per game, converting 62.1 percent of those shots but hitting a reco