Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons’ jump shot issues have been well documented this season, and the Celtics have taken advantage by sagging f the 6’10 point guard in an effort to cut f his drives to the basket. Thus far, Brad Stevens’ strategy has worked to perfection as the Celtics own a 3-0 series lead heading into Game 4 tonight in Philly.
While Simmons rebounded from his one-point performance in Game 2 with 16 points on 8–14 shooting in Game 3, the Celtics are content with letting him shoot from the perimeter which has proven to be a weakness in his fensive repertoire.
During an appearance on the Chris and Caron show on Fox Sports Radio, Bryant was asked about Simmons’ jump shot and its impact on the Sixers vs Celtics series. “Just aesthetically I would say build that thing anew (laughs). I don’t think the game came down to that though,” Bryant responded (H/T Yahoo Sports’ Chris Mannix).
As Kobe noted, Simmons’ lack a jumper isn’t the sole reason that the Sixers trail the Celtics 3-0. He also cited the team’s inability to get open f the ball and other fundamental issues that Brett Brown’s squad struggled with in Saturday’s overtime loss.
Via Yahoo Sports’ Chris Mannix:
Game 4 between the Sixers and Celtics is scheduled to tipf tonight at 6:00pm ET, airing on TNT.