The Cleveland Cavaliers were utterly dismantled by the Philadelphia 76ers last night in a 141-96 blowout loss. The Cavs had no answer for the 76ers and especially for Ben Simmons, who was incredible and in only 26 minutes of action scored 34 points and dished out seven assists while shooting an astonishing 85 percent from the field. On top of all that, the most spectacular moment of the game was when he made a three-pointer, which is the second three-point make of his career.
After the game, the 76ers head-coach Brett Brown said he wants Simmons to be more assertive in shooting the three-pointers. Brown is convinced he is more than capable of making those shots. Simmons mostly plays in the role of a facilitator and a slasher for the 76ers. His physical ability gives him an edge against other players, which leads to a lot of high percentage shots, and shooting was something he struggled with ever since his college career.
“That is what I want, and you can pass this along to his agent, his family, his friends, and him: I want one 3-point shot a game minimum. The pull up twos I’m fine with whatever is open. But I’m interested in the 3 point shot. The mentality that he has where he’s turning corners and taking that long step, that gather step, and bringing his shoulders to the rim…will equal higher efficiency or getting fouled. That’s the world that interests me the most. Those two things. When you say, okay, what’s the number (of free throws)? I immediately throw out 8 (attempts per game). For whatever reason, I’m not sure, but that’s the number I think is attainable.”
Brett Brown on Ben Simmons: “You can pass this along to his agent, his family, his friends and him: I want one 3-point shot a game minimum… And the mentality where he’s turning corners and trying to dunk or finish tight will equal higher efficiency.” pic.twitter.com/FyJVlN7KhK
— Rich Hofmann (@rich_hofmann) December 8, 2019
Simmons worked on his jump shot all summer long, and there are videos floating around social media that show him making those shots consistently. It was just a matter of time when he felt confident enough taking those shots, and from now, we might even see Simmons shooting the ball more than he did before.