Sixers rookie Ben Simmons‘ weakness from the free-throw line was exposed when the Wizards deployed a “Hack-a-Ben” strategy late in the game on Wednesday.
Washington sent Simmons to the line an NBA-record 24 times in the fourth quarter. He made just 12.
After the Sixers’ 118-113 win, Simmons vowed that “Hack-a-Ben” won’t “happen for that much longer.”
Were you glad your coach kept you in?
Simmons: “Yeah, of course. I mean, I never want to come out of a situation like that. He knows my mentality. I’m not scared to take the free throws.”
Did you think he was going to take you out?
What can you learn from going through “Hack-a-Ben”?
Simmons: “It’s not going to happen for that much longer. You know I’m going to knock them down.”