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Ben Simmons comfortable in the shadows

Days pass and the Nets streak continues. The Brooklyn franchise is now on twelve straight victories, driven by the superb performances of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving: 28.8 points on average at 59% shooting success for the first and 29.3 points at 54% for the second, in this sequence of success.

Behind this All-Star duo is a solid Nic Claxton, especially on defense, but also a good Ben Simmonsmore and more comfortable in this group and who shines in the shadows.

“As time passes, we adjust, we learn to play with others, we know when to be aggressive, when to shoot,” he explains for the New York Post. “When I have confidence in my physique, I feel that I can do a lot of things to help my team. »

Since he put his contracture in the calf behind him, Ben Simmons continues the meetings. He does not force anything and averages 7.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 25 minutes over the last nine games. Above all, his +/- is positive with a nice +11.4, proof that he has an impact on the Nets’ results.

“When the body feels good and the mind knows it, then you can do certain things, like set the pace,” commented Jacques Vaughn. “And it can turn into a basket. He can also be aggressive and physically dominate low post, to go to the circle. »

Hailed by teammates for playing sick

Even when he had his worst game in December, with only two small points against the Hornets, on the evening of the 31st, the former Philadelphia point guard reaped compliments. Why ? Because that evening, suffering, he still wanted to play.

“It’s a huge sign for his teammates. He shows them that he is ready to fight. We are never 100% all the time. It was important for the band to see Ben play despite that. He assumes his responsibilities in front of his teammates,” emphasizes the Nets coach. “I wanted to be on the field”, says Ben Simmons. “It doesn’t matter what I can give my teammates, whether it’s two, ten or thirty minutes. »

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving back up Jacque Vaughn’s glowing comments. ” It’s encouraging. As soon as a teammate puts his body in play, it’s not nothing, because he takes a risk. He was sick, didn’t feel well, but he played.” explains the former Cleveland. ” That says everything “, continues the former Warriors winger. “He wanted to end the year with us. Regardless of his playing time and stats, he played hard. Respect to him. »

Ben Simmons Percentage Bounces
Season Team GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2017-18 PHL 81 34 54.5 0.0 56.0 1.8 6.4 8.1 8.2 2.6 1.7 3.4 0.9 15.8
2018-19 PHL 79 34 56.3 0.0 60.0 2.2 6.7 8.8 7.7 2.7 1.4 3.5 0.8 16.9
2019-20 PHL 57 35 58.0 28.6 62.1 2.0 5.8 7.8 8.0 3.3 2.1 3.5 0.6 16.4
2020-21 PHL 58 32 55.7 30.0 61.3 1.6 5.6 7.2 6.9 3.0 1.6 3.0 0.6 14.3
2022-23 BRK 26 27 60.4 0.0 42.9 1.1 5.5 6.6 5.9 3.4 1.3 2.2 0.5 8.1
Total 301 33 56.2 14.3 59.2 1.8 6.1 7.9 7.6 2.9 1.7 3.3 0.7 15.3

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