Doc Rivers Has No Issue With Ben Simmons' Poor Free-Throw Shooting

The Washington Wizards avoided elimination by defeating the 76ers 122-114, in large part due to their decision to employ the Hack-a-Shaq routine on Ben Simmons late in the game. Despite Simmons going 5-11 from the charity stripe, head coach Doc Rivers was sanguine post-game, stating that his young All-Star "does so many good things for this basketball team."

The former Coach of the Year pragmatically pointed to the analytics in defence of Simmons' subpar free-throw shooting. Rivers asserts that a point per possession is copacetic, as the 24-year-old shot 45% from the line in Game 4.

Heading into tonight's contest, Simmons was 0-9 from the free-throw line and is now a lacklustre 5-20. Although some will advise Rivers to sit the Defensive Player of the Year finalist in close games, he admonishes them to let him know— because, to him, that'll show you don't know basketball.


Simmons finished the game with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists but with Joel Embiid's status up in the air he'll have to shoulder a heavier offensive load. Game 5 will be back in Philadephia on Wednesday.

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