Simmons’ social media activity reveals real feelings about Philly exit as Harden is called out
The Philadelphia 76ers have been bounced from the NBA playoffs after succumbing to a bruising nine point loss to Miami at home.
And former Sixers star Ben Simmons made his feelings about the exit known on social media, without even writing a word.
With so much anticipation surrounding the All-star duo of James Harden and Joel Embiid, the Sixers’ brutal exit from the NBA playoffs drew a variety of strong reactions from the NBA world.
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Among those to weigh in was former Sixer Ben Simmons, although he did not actually write anything.
Rather, some eagle-eyed fans spotted interesting activity on Simmons’ like history on Twitter.
The Australian liked two tweets, both of which were critical of Harden and the Simmons trade.
“If washed and out of shape James Harden is giving the 76ers 30 pt playoff games they won the ben Simmons trade lmao,” one read.
The other, from prominent media personality Skip Bayless, read: “James Harden typically no-showed in the second half of this closeout game. Now he’s mostly just another Jim Harden. Ben Simmons eventually will make this trade look so phoolish for Philly”.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith was also scathing in his assessment of the 76ers’ performance, levelling the majority of the blame at James Harden.
“The Heat were the better team, but it was a deplorable performance from the 76ers,” he said.
“That performance from James Harden requires an investigation, how do you play 22 minutes in the second half and attempt one shot?! That was an anemic and impotent performance from James Harden!”
“The effort is what we’re looking for from everybody - what did we see from James Harden tonight?
“When you’re a three or four time scoring champion and you literally attempt one shot over 20-22 minutes in an entire second half.. that is egregious that is horrible!”
“I smell something (at Philadelphia) and it don’t smell right.”
Fellow NBA analyst Jalen Rose, meanwhile, accused the 76ers of laying down.
“I can’t believe Philly quit like that. The Sixers quit,” he said.
The night was brutal for 76ers fans from start to finish, with guard Danny Green escorted from the court early after an injury, and former Sixer Jimmy Butler punishing his former side with 32 points.
Poor defensive application from the 76ers, evident in the lopsided rebound count in favour of Miami (49 to 36) had the Wells Fargo Arena venting in anger.
Some 76ers fans even exited the Wells Fargo Arena with seven minutes still remaining in the fourth quarter.
Here is how the NBA world reacted.