After an abysmal series in which he attempted just three fourth-quarter shots in seven games, the heat appears to have cranked up significantly for Ben Simmons.
The All-Star point guard was unsurprisingly the focal point of conversation following the 76ers' 103-96 loss to the Hawks at home in Game 7 of the second round. In the immediate aftermath of the loss, it was his coach and All-Star center who were the ones questioning his performance.
When asked whether Simmons could be the point guard of a championship-caliber team, head coach Doc Rivers was ambivalent in his answer.
For the series, Simmons averaged just 9.9 points per game and shot 15-for-45 (33.3%). He attempted only 14 shots in the final three games and had just three fourth-quarter field goal attempts in the entire series, with that passivity greatly hindering Philadelphia offensively during crunch time.