Immediate Reaction to Ben Simmons Returning to Philly

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Brooklyn Nets star Ben Simmons made his long-awaited return to Philadelphia as he and the Nets took on the Philadelphia 76ers on the road in a very hostile environment.

The game was Simmons’ first time playing in Philly as a member of the 76ers organization.

Philadelphia, despite its lack of personnel, was able to defeat Brooklyn in the matchup as the Sixers won 115-106.

Despite the result, Simmons continued his trend of solid play that he’s been working on lately and had a great performance.

For most of the night, the 26-year-old faced a brutal Philadelphia crowd.

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

After the game, he expressed his gratitude for that.

Simmons expected more as it pertains to the general atmosphere created by the Sixers crowd.

He had been booing most of the night, but he thought the crowd would be louder.

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

Is Simmons officially back?

In the first few weeks of the 2022-23 campaign, Simmons looked like a shell of his old self.

He has averaged just 5.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists per contest through his first nine games this season.

However, it has started to pick up over the past week and the trend is here to stay.

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

  • at Sacramento Kings: 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists (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 Philadelphia 76ers: 11 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks (32 minutes)

Simmons is playing at a high level again, which is great news for the Nets.