Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers has been praising Ben Simmons all season. The DPOY candidate showcased his ability in defense on Game 1 vs. the Washington Wizards, however he only posted six points on the offensive end.
Rivers called Simmons special after recording playoff career-highs in rebounds and assists as he finished Game 1 of the series with 15 assists and 15 rebounds along with his six points.
“I thought he was special today,” Rivers told reporters, per Noah Levick. “… He’s a treasure. He’s something that you don’t see a lot in this league.”
The veteran coach added that he ‘sees greatness’ in the versatile forward, who put the clamps on Bradley Beal during the first half of the 118-125 win over Washington.
Simmons is regularly called out for his offense as he only scored six points in nine shots on Sunday’s win, missing also all of his six free throws.
With Harris and Embiid combining for 67 points, the 76ers did not need Simmons to do more on the offensive end in Game 1. The Sixers will face again the Wizards on Wednesday for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first round series.