Wow! How awesome was that Sixers' game against the Celtics in London? Okay, for like, the first quarter and a half of play? That part was dope.
But the rest of the game? Man. Could have gone a whole lot better (see full game observations here).
The Celtics showed why they are among the elite in the East, while the Sixers showed they have to learn to play with a lead and put together a full 48.
That said, if we're looking for a silver lining in an ugly loss on the other side of the pond: Ben Simmons is a boss.
We knew this all ready. But he showed a little something new on Thursday.
Not only did he hit a couple of jumpers that actually showed off some range, he threw down a nice little dunk with authority, and in my favorite moment from the game, Simmons showed Marcus Morris that he is no chump.
Simmons was attempting to run through a screen in the second half and absolutely plowed into Morris, who fell like he's never hit a gym. Morris took exception to the play, popped up from the floor, and pushed Simmons to which Big Ben responseded perfectly. Simmons simply smirked with a "you serious, bro?" look. It was fantastic.
The Sixers lost. It was ugly. It stunk. But at least Simmons is a boss.
Things are getting HEATED in London.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) January 11, 2018
Here's the play and the entire replay. pic.twitter.com/HudhktKR7T
Simmons finished the night with a solid 8 of 12 shooting, good for 16 points with a couple of boards, steals, and three assists.
His sister had a correct reaction to the shove as well on Twitter, which she later deleted.
“Ben ain’t no lil bih and u ain’t gon punk him. He was trying to get around a screen. Maybe u should get in the weight room, no need for that extra shit.”