Terry Rozier’s amazing run continues and so is the Ben Simmons-Donovan Mitchell saga.
The third-year guard dubbed “Scary Terry” completely outplayed the taller Simmons, flirting with a triple-double of 20 points (four 3-pointers and 4-of-4 off the charity stripe), nine rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block, and a plus/minus rating of +17 when on the floor, good for second on the team, en route to a 108-103 come-from-behind win against the Philadelphia 76ers, giving the Boston Celtics a 2-0 lead as the series shifts to Wells Fargo Center.
Meanwhile, his counterpart on the Sixers, the 6-foot-10 Simmons, had quite possibly the worst game of his young career. In more than 30 minutes of playing time, the Australian only managed to score a single point (0-of-4 shooting and 1-of-2 free throws), to go along with five rebounds, and while he did have seven assists, it came at the expense of five turnovers. Also worth noting is that he was benched quite a bit in favor of T.J. McConnell.
This was all the opening Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell needed to take another potshot at Simmons, who took to Twitter to praise Rozier in a thinly-veiled attempt at slighting the Sixers’ oversized guard using a “100” emoji in reference to the “100 percent” comment that Simmons made about himself being the unquestionable Rookie of the Year.
Keep hoopin @T_Rozzay3 🙏🏾💯
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) May 4, 2018
The two have locked horns for the rookie plum all year, highlighted by a debate on whether Simmons is technically a rookie with Mitchell drawing attention to it via a hoodie displaying the dictionary definition for one. The Boston crowd also got in on the action with “Not a rookie” chants directed at Simmons.