Earlier this week, we saw the highly-anticipated matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz, who were the top seeds in their respective conferences. With who of the best defenders in the league going at each other, Ben Simmons and Rudy Gobert put on a show.
When it was all said and done, the Jazz finished on top with a 134-123 win. After the game, Simmons spoke to the media, saying he felt disrespected that Gobert guarded him.
“I felt like it was a bit disrespectful putting him on me, but it is what it is.”
As good of a defender as Gobert is, with two NBA Defensive Player of the Year nods, he’s better on the interior. Simmons thinks that Gobert picking him up on the perimeter isn’t a smart move.
Perhaps he’s right, as Simmons dropped a career-high 42 points on the Jazz, including 12 assists and 9 rebounds. On the season, he’s averaging 15.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game.