Thursday night's pivotal Game 3 between the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center will be an intriguing matchup for a number of reasons - including the head-to-head battle between Jared Dudley and Ben Simmons.
On Wednesday afternoon, Dudley told reporters that he expects to play "a lot" after sitting out Game 2 with a strained calf. He also offered the following assessment of Simmons' game.
"I think that Ben Simmons is a great player in transition. Once you slow him up in the half-court, I think he’s average. He’s a player that, when he picks up speed, he’s a load."
Naturally, reporters had to ask Simmons about that "average" comment today. The 22-year old was clearly aware of Dudley's remarks, as he simply responded with a smirk, "It's coming from Jared Dudley."