Simmons scored just 5 points on 2-of-4 shooting, but the biggest eyesore came when Simmons passed up a seemingly wide open dunk. Instead of taking the shot as the clock was winding down, Simmons kicked out the ball to Matisse Thybulle which ultimately led to a foul. From there, the 76ers got just one point from the line.
Predictably, everyone began roasting Simmons for having cold feet and the jokes began flowing.
WHO PUT BEN SIMMONS ON THE SHANGHAI SHARKS ROSTER 😭 please I cannot pic.twitter.com/Jy4u07m9vH
— Hayley McGoldrick (@GoldieOnSports) June 21, 2021
Doc Rivers AND Twitter on Ben Simmons right now pic.twitter.com/HUFbzD5z8X
— Eric Frazier (@EricFrazier2) June 21, 2021
joel embiid carrying ben simmons out of philadelphia pic.twitter.com/0qGcjdAyWp
— buckets (@buckets) June 21, 2021
— Leon Maxwell (@Leonng0n) June 21, 2021
“Let Ben Simmons cook” pic.twitter.com/ZmdXWVLEQ2
— RD 🇨🇦 (@NorthsidePace) June 21, 2021
Ben Simmons trade value last year vs right now: pic.twitter.com/YWg83RTSlw
— Fool's Bud (@OhMySweetJrue) June 21, 2021
Ben Simmons next time he shows up at the team facility: pic.twitter.com/BKquKLfI8s
— Leb 🦋 (@PlayboiClaxton) June 21, 2021
Then you had Shaq who bluntly said he would have knocked Ben Simmons out in the locker room for his decision.
“If Ben Simmons was in my locker room, i’da knocked his ass out” SHAQ IS A SAVAGE 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/dFZH8lDr0M
— Vada_Fly (@Vada_Fly) June 21, 2021
If that wasn’t bad enough, Doc Rivers couldn’t even defend Simmons and Joel Embiid said Simmons’ choice to pass was the moment the Hawks won the game. Ouch.
It’s going to be a long offseason.