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Sixers’ Ben Simmons on Nets’ Jared Dudley’s criticism of his game — ‘It’s Jared Dudley’


Philadelphia 76ers point man Ben Simmons was dismissive during Thursday morning’s media session when asked to comment about what was said of him after a Game 2 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Jared Dudley, who did not play in Game 2 after going 0-for-2 in 28 minutes during a Game 1 Nets win, offered his take on Simmons.

“Ben Simmons is a great player in transition and once you get him into half court, he’s average,” said the longtime journeyman.

Simmons was unimpressed, saying nothing else than: “That’s coming from Jared Dudley” in a drop-the-mic moment to preface Thursday’s Game 3.

These teams are not short of bad blood through this point of the series, as the Nets landed the first blow with a 111-102 win in Game 1 before the Sixers responded with a historic 51-point third quarter in Game 2, cruising to a 145-123 win to even the series.

To add fuel to that fire, Sixers center Joel Embiid landed a massive spinning elbow into the jaw of second-year big man Jarrett Allen.

While the Nets center didn’t make much of it and claimed to see no ill intent in the play, Embiid was seen giggling alongside Simmons when offering a sincere apology to Allen, after escaping the play with a Flagrant 1 call right before halftime.

Allen’s teammates caught wind of that post-game press conference and did not find it funny at all, setting the stage for a potential bloodbath in Games 3 and 4 at the Barclays Center.