The networks The guard connected 11 of 13 shots on Sunday on his way to 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists. win 122-115 Over the Memphis Grizzlies. The point total was a third consecutive season high after scoring 15 and 11 points in the previous two games. He led the net with a plus-19 in the plus-minus column.
This was all in returning to the starting line-up after coming off the bench in his previous four matches. Next up – the Philadelphia 76ers in his first game against the team that drafted him and eventually traded him amidst a very public breakup.
How does Simmons feel on the way to Tuesday’s game?
“I’m ready to play,” Simmons said. “Is something going on?”
It’s nice to see that he can joke about all of that.
Sunday was probably the best Simmons has felt since joining the Nets. After a back injury and mental health concerns sidelined him following last season’s deal with Brooklyn, Simmons struggled in his 2022-23 debut, averaging 6.2 points on just 6.3 field goal attempts while failing twice in his first six games.
He missed his next four games with a knee injury and found himself coming off the bench when he returned. Questions about his readiness to shoot that plagued him in Philadelphia only exacerbated his debut with the Nets.
But now he’s scoring and back in the starting lineup. It appears he found his confidence before returning to Philadelphia. Simmons’ timing couldn’t be better.
Simmons joined in returning to the lineup on Sunday before Kyrie IrvingWorld Health Organization He missed the last eight games via comment post Support for an anti-Semitic film on social media. Irving scored 14 points and five rebounds on Tuesday.
Neither will receive a warm welcome in Philadelphia. How they and the Networks respond to a hostile environment will certainly highlight how willing they are to compete on the court amidst a landslide of distractions.