Ben Simmons, the Philadelphia 76ers rookie sensation point guard, the same point guard who is the consensus Rookie of the year in the NBA this year, scored one point in Game 2 of their much anticipated series with their hated and heated rivals, the Boston Celtics. One whole point.
But it was a good loss, and I’ll tell you why.
The Sixers lost by five. It was a close game down the stretch, and the team from South Philly was even up by five late in the fourth quarter. But they lost every lead they managed to build. Little leads. Big leads. All kinds of leads. They lost the leads and the game. By just five points.
So they (and we) need to learn how to play (and live) when losing and when leading. And that’s a life lesson.
Big Ben only scorned one. One point. So just think, a few made baskets, even just two, and a few more made free throws would have made a difference. But nooooooooooooo. Ben picked a bad time to have an unbelievably bad game. And it hurt his team. Not that the rest of the team is not culpable. The Sixers blew a 21 point lead in the second quarter, and that is where the game was lost.
So what’s next for the Sixers? They play the next two games at home. But if they lose this series, and they may well may get blown right out of the gym the next two games, it will be a short time loss but, hopefully a long-term gain. Teams general, and these Sixers in specific, need to learn how to play with a lead. And the Sixers haven’t figured that part out yet. Oh well. It was a great season. It’s not over yet, but it sure feels like it’s over.
One point. One lousy point. It will count if they learn from this, and this will be a good loss, if, that is IF, they learn. Maybe this series, and maybe not. But certainly this lesson must be learned down the road.