Ben Simmons' reaction to being shoved by Marcus Morris was boss

Ben Simmons' reaction to being shoved by Marcus Morris was boss

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.

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.”

Eagles players with the most to gain at OTAs – S Tre Sullivan

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Eagles players with the most to gain at OTAs – S Tre Sullivan

The Eagles don’t hit the practice field as a team for another five weeks, yet each year coaches point to players who distinguish themselves during the months of April and May. These are the players with the most to gain in phases one and two of OTAs.

There isn’t an unheralded prospect in better position to climb the Eagles’ depth chart this spring than Tre Sullivan.

Never mind the fact that vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas just got done lauding Sullivan’s performance in a pre-draft interview on Thursday. The 24-year-old also happens to be one of only four safeties on the Eagles roster for the time being, creating a huge opportunity for an undrafted free agent from Shepherd College.

Competition will come soon enough, as safety is an obvious target for the Eagles in the upcoming draft. Even then, Sullivan could find himself in the mix for a big role with a good spring.

Last season, Corey Graham was the Eagles’ third safety behind Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. Graham, a free agent departure, wound up playing nearly 40 percent of the team’s snaps.

This isn’t merely a backup job. There’s serious playing time at stake – and Sullivan can get a jump on the competition.

Sullivan made a name for himself in last year’s preseason opener against the Packers with a vicious hit on wide receiver Malachi Dupre. It was a scary moment, as Dupre was knocked out by the collision, but also a clean play and an example of the defensive back’s physicality.

Sullivan forced a fumble on the hit and finished with four tackles. He would go on to acquit himself well in three other preseason games, eventually landing on the Eagles’ practice squad.

Listed at 6-foot-0, 200 pounds, Sullivan is a relatively average size for a safety, but plays downhill and hits like a truck.

The Eagles liked the instincts and aggressiveness they saw on the field. Now, Sullivan has a chance to work out and learn from coaches in an environment where there really aren’t any other young players right now and he can be the focus of a lot of attention. Phases one and two of OTAs and the two weeks before the draft in particular could be a pivotal period.

If Sullivan impresses during these early stages, it could go a long way toward solidifying his place with the team.

Even if Sullivan is bested for the third safety spot, he could still wind up on the 53-man roster. The Eagles may opt to carry five since Chris Maragos primarily plays on special teams.

Sullivan will likely enter training camp as a player who’s considered to be on the bubble, and what he does when the pads go on will be most important. However, if he showed up and really nailed these workouts, that could go a long way toward how the team views him heading into this summer.

Kevin Hart takes his beef with Dwyane Wade to the Miami skies

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Kevin Hart takes his beef with Dwyane Wade to the Miami skies

Dwyane Wade torched the Sixers in Game 2 in Philadelphia on Monday.

Following the big win, Wade said it was comedian Kevin Hart sitting courtside that helped motivate him.

The two took to Twitter to continue their trash talk where Wade pointed out that Hart couldn't be in Miami for Game 3.

That didn't stop Hart from making his presence felt down in Florida. Hart had an airplane fly a message, "Kevin Hart was here," along with a trust the process and Mountain Dew hashtag.

Here's what Hart had to say about it on his Instagram:

Even tho I didn't make it to Miami I felt the need to make my presence felt....Swipe thru my pictures and look at the banner that I had flown across American Airlines Arena....I just wanted to let @dwyanewade know that I'm everywhere 😂😂😂😂 Let’s goooooooo SIXERS!!!!!! Major thank you to my @mountaindew family for helping me pull this off last minute!!!!! #Philadelphia #Playoffs#MountainDewKickStart #TrustTheProcess... that’s what #TTP Means just in case u didn’t know!!!!!!

Did the sky message spook Wade? The Heat legend got off to a slow first half, shooting 0 for 4 from the field with a couple of free throws, but his Heat held a one-point lead at halftime.

Expect Hart to keep the chatter going throughout the series and beyond. That guy likes to talk.