After the Sixers withdrew from the playoffs on Sunday, he was not at the free-throw line in playoff history and fought for goals in the second round, Ben Simmons took responsibility. “This is what Simmons said after losing to the Atlanta Hawks in the seventh game in 103-96.” I was not up to the marks in the offense. I did very little for my teammates.
The three times All-Star was delivering it mildly as he converted 15 of 45 free throws (33%) in the game against Atlanta, and the totally free throw percentage in the 2021 playoffs was 34.2%, which is the lowest free throw percentage in American history. The NBA playoffs are players with at least 70 shots. In four of the seven games in the conference semifinals, the Hawks allowed him to score less than 10 points, including Sunday’s five-point performance.
He didn’t convert any of his shots while shooting in the fourth quarter, in five of the seven games, many people believe that the disappearance is directly related to their insecurity at the free-throw line. After the winning streak that Philadelphia fans would remember, the 76ers missed a 2-1 game lead because they failed to defend the 18-point buffer in Game 4 and led by 26 points in Game 5 and then lost.
Joel Embiid said in Game 7 that he believes Simmons failed to take advantage of the opportunity of the fourth quarter basket. Sunday ended with a turning point in what he called the sequence. From 3:29 remaining to the end, when Simmons put Danilo Gallinari by his side and dangled around him for a layup. He didn’t get up to score a basket but passed the ball to Matisse Thybulle who was fouled during the layup.
The 76ers went under by 88-86 points after this sequence. Although Simmons seemed irritable about the result of the series, he defended himself when a reporter claimed that his All-Star influence would diminish the regular season performance under the spotlight of the playoffs.