Ben Simmons ends mini-beef with Nets’ Jared Dudley
Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons wants to put an end to his mini-beef with Brooklyn Nets veteran Jared Dudley.
Dudley took a swipe at Simmons before Game 3 of their first-round series. The 33-year-old forward said that Simmons is a very good player in transition. However, when slowed down in the half-court, he is an average NBA player.
Simmons responded with amusement to those words from Dudley. For the record, Dudley — the former Boston College standout — is averaging just 4.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game for the Nets.
In Game 3 on Thursday night, Simmons let his game do the talking with huge production and several highlight dunks for Philadelphia. The 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year finished with a playoff career-high 31 points on 11-for-13 shooting to go along with nine assists, four rebounds, three blocks, and two steals.
As expected, Simmons was asked about Dudley’s comments on him. The Australian guard was asked if he thinks Dudley still views him as an average player after his Game 3 performance, and he insisted that he is no longer paying attention to it.
“I don’t know, I’m not worried about it,” Simmons said via Billy Reinhardt of Nets Daily. “I don’t really have energy for him. He’s done.”
Simmons has all the right not to pay attention to Dudley anymore, especially after the latter’s performance in Game 3. Dudley went scoreless in 17 minutes, and his Nets took a 131-115 beating from the 76ers, who now hold a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series.