The Wizards were able to count on a good Russell Westbrook to win Game 4 against the Sixers, but also on… Ben Simmons! Indeed, Scott Brooks has implemented a more than humiliating tactic on the Australian leader, and it has paid off! After the meeting, the latter wanted to react.
The Sixers were in full confidence before Game 4 against the Wizards on Monday… Everyone easily announced them as the winners and their attitude in the previous matches gave the impression of crazy serenity. Ben Simmons even took the liberty of making fun of Russell Westbrook in the middle of a meeting, something he usually does quite rarely.
But in Match 4 therefore, it was Washington who had the last laugh with a great 122-114 victory! Not necessarily enough to relaunch the series, Although Joel Embiid’s injury will have to be carefully monitored, but this success allows Bradley Beal and his teammates to save the honor and avoid the announced brushstroke.
Moreover, Scott Brooks could well rely on his new favorite tactic in the end of the meeting: the « Hack-a-Ben ». Indeed, the Wizards did not hesitate to send Ben simmons and his dubious shooting mechanics on the line to ensure success … After the meeting, the Sixers All-Star reacted to this rather humiliating method.
Ben Simmons on Hack A Ben
“Just step up and knock them down. I’m not afraid of that strategy. I’m not upset. I’m not really worried about people fouling me. It’s basketball ” pic.twitter.com/wUoNYbfbQH
– John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) June 1, 2021
I just have to show up on the line and put my shots in. I am not afraid of this strategy. I’m not upset. I don’t even care about fault on me. It’s basketball.
Easier said than done for a player who seems to have lost confidence from the free throw line. If he has never been brilliant in his career in this field, with only 61.3% success, he is even worse on this first lap. In 4 games, he posted a terrible 25% on throws! Figures unworthy of its status!
Nothing to worry about at the moment, as the Sixers are above the Wizards on a collective level… In the next round also they should not need those shots to defeat the Hawks or the Knicks. But in the event of a conference final against the Nets, it will be necessary to increase this percentage!
If the Sixers really want to play for the title, Ben Simmons will have to improve his success on the free throw line … His lack of skill could be a valuable weapon for the most vicious opponents!