Ben Simmons’ immediate reaction to his return to Philadelphia

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Brooklyn Nets star Ben Simmons made his highly anticipated return to Philadelphia on Tuesday, as he and the Nets took on the Philadelphia 76ers on the road in a very hostile environment.

The game marked Simmons’ first time playing in Philadelphia since he was a member of the 76ers organization.

Philadelphia, albeit understaffed, managed to beat Brooklyn in the game, as the Sixers came away with a 115-106 victory.

Despite the result, Simmons put in a fine performance, continuing a strong playing trend he has been working on lately.

For most of the night, the 26-year-old had to contend with a brutal Philadelphia crowd.

However, some Sixers fans showed him some love before the game started.

After the match, he expressed his gratitude for it.

When it comes to the overall environment produced by the Sixers crowd, Simmons expected more.

He was booed for most of the night, but he thought the crowd was going to get louder.

Simmons and the Nets will face the 76ers on the road again in January, so the environment will be another story to watch the second time around.

Is Simmons officially back?

During the first weeks of the 2022-23 campaign, Simmons looked like a shell of himself.

He averaged just 5.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game in his first nine games this season.

However, it has started to come to life over the past week, and this trend may be here to stay.

Here’s how the three-time All-Star fared in his last four games:

  • at Sacramento Kings: 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists (was limited to 20 minutes)
  • at Portland Trail Blazers: 15 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists (32 minutes)
  • vs. Memphis Grizzlies: 22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists (35 minutes)
  • at the Philadelphia 76ers: 11 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks (32 minutes)

Simmons is playing at a high level again, and that’s great news for the Nets going forward.

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