After getting away without penalty Thursday night, Ben Simmons was punished Friday for an elbow to Kyle Lowry's groin. The play occurred during a tangle under the basket in the second quarter of the Sixers' Game 3 win over Toronto (see video above).
Philadelphia All-Star Ben Simmons has been fined $20,000 and given flagrant one foul for making contact to groin of Kyle Lowry in Game 3.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 3, 2019
Though Lowry complained persistently to the officials after the incident, he downplayed it after the game.
Lowry on taking a Simmons elbow to the groin: "It's nothing. He said he didn't mean to do it. I'm not gonna dwell on something that wasn't called. It is what it is. It's not a big deal."— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) May 3, 2019
Simmons and Lowry have a history. The two were ejected on January 15 last year, after which Lowry invited Simmons to meet him in the tunnel after the game. Simmons later told reporters, "I'm not gonna take that s--- from anybody."
A Cardinal Dougherty and Villanova product, Lowry struggled in Game 3. The 33-year-old All-Star point guard shot 2 for 10 in the Raptors' 116-95 loss.
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