VIDEO: Sixers’ Ben Simmons caught Ja Morant napping and picks his pocket for the breakaway slam
The Philadelphia 76ers are seriously lacking in energy, and on Friday night they’re hoping to take down the surging Memphis Grizzlies at home and stop a four-game losing streak. This play could help, with All-Star Sixers point-forward Ben Simmons taking possession away from Grizzlies rookie phenom point guard Ja Morant, who was looking in the wrong direction while dribbling in the corner leading to a steal and dunk by the 23-year-old Australian (via Bleacher Report).
Simmons caught Ja off guard 😬 pic.twitter.com/PmMaQ61C5I
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 8, 2020
Simmons and the Sixers have been the focus of an undercurrent in the locker room as the Eastern Conference hopeful faces its toughness challenges midseason: a losing streak and complacency. Philly is sixth in the east this season after falling to the eventual-champion Toronto Raptors in the conference semi-finals last year in seven games.
In short, things need to change for All-Stars Simmons and center Joel Embiid, who can expect reinforcements in wings Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks—two trade-deadline pick-ups acquired via the Golden State Warriors.
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