Coming off a one-point performance against the Celtics in Game 2, Ben Simmons says he isn't getting too down on himself.
"[My confidence] is very high," Simmons said, via The Philadelphia Inquirer's Marc Narducci. "I am a very confident person every time I step on the floor, so that is not going to change."
While the Aussie received plenty of criticism for his performance, Simmons told reporters at practice today that 76ers legend Allen Iverson reached out to offer some support as the series heads back to Philadelphia.
"I heard he wanted to talk to me so I got on the phone with him spoke to him and he gave me words of encouragement," Simmons said. "He said play the game I know how to play. That is just second nature to me."
#Sixers Ben Simmons said after practice Friday that confidence won't be a problem for Game 3 pic.twitter.com/RA48zi5nGb- Marc Narducci (@sjnard) May 4, 2018
Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell, Simmons' main rival for the Rookie of the Year award, also expressed that one game isn't much cause for concern.
"The biggest thing that people don't understand is that every player has that night," Mitchell told media members, via ESPN.com. "You look at LeBron [James] against the Mavs in the Finals, he had eight points [in Game 4]. There was one year I was watching [James] Harden play against the Warriors, and he had about 10 turnovers in a playoff game. So it happens to everybody.
"It just so happens that it happened to [Simmons], and I expect him to respond back. He's a good player. Good players respond back, and it's all about the response. It's a testament to his character. But it happens. He can't play great every night. It's not as easy as some people think."