Baynes' Celtics beat Simmons' 76ers in NBA

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"This whole playoff experience is something that I want our young guys and our star players to learn from and grow", Brown said.

Boston's defense gave Simmons trouble when its forwards guarded him. "I do give Boston's defense a lot of credit".

After putting up an average of 18.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.5 assists in his first six playoff games, Simmons' Game 2 struggles contributed the most to Philadelphia falling down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

Ben Simmons didn't hide, and he insisted his confidence hasn't wavered one bit.

Every player has the occasional off-night, and Simmons' isn't especially worrisome. "He changed the game and set the table, really, for what we thought was going to be a win". Boston seems to be taking a physical approach with Simmons, effectively cutting off his ability to drive and create for his teammates.

Particularly once Simmons and the Sixers get across the midcourt line. "He's seeing a wall".

"Early in LeBron [James'] days, that's all he saw", said Brown, referring to the paint-clogging "wall" concept that Boston has been deploying.

The Aussie, however, didn't play a single minute last season due to injury and is technically still a rookie as he's only taken to the court for the first time this year.

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The unoriginal Boston fans chose to hop on the Mitchell wagon and chant "not a rookie!" at Simmons as he shot free throws.

"Just thinking too much about everything, every player on the floor", he said. "That is just second nature to me".

After all, it was Brown who said he was "really curious" about how Simmons would react to that disgusting game. McConnell. McConnell had eight points, five assists and two steals in 17 minutes.

The drop in production comes after the Australian point guard almost averaged a triple-double as the 76ers rolled past the Miami Heat in the first round.

"I am not going to sit Ben Simmons", Brown said. We're growing Ben Simmons. He's the rookie of the year. "The other night was an outlier".

Philadelphia now faces a must-win Game 3 at home Saturday afternoon.

It was all part of a rough off-day as the 76ers look to get back into the series, trailing the Boston Celtics, 2-0 in the Eastern Conference semifinal that resumes with Game 3 Saturday (5 p.m.) at the Wells Fargo Center.

Simmons can't shoot his way out of a paper bag, so the Celtics have spent the first two games of the series swarming him with a series of different defenders.