Simmons puts game two failure down to 'thinking too much'
Ben Simmons knows his off night at TD Garden in game two was "not the perfect timing" after the Philadelphia 76ers went 2-0 down.
Ben Simmons put his poor one-point showing in the Philadelphia 76ers' game two defeat to the Boston Celtics down to "thinking too much".
Simmons failed to score a field goal for the first time in his career as the 76ers suffered an 108-103 defeat at TD Garden on Thursday to go 2-0 down in the second round of the NBA playoffs.
The Australian forward believes it would have been a different story if he had let his natural instincts take over.
"I think it was mainly what I did to myself. Mentally, I was thinking too much, overthinking the plays. Wasn't just out there, flowing, playing the way that I play, which is free," said the 21-year-old.
"I think, obviously, [the Celtics] have a game plan, I know what their game plan is and I've got to play my game."
The Rookie of the Year contender added: "I think the way the [Miami] Heat played [against Simmons in the first round], it was nothing compared to the Celtics. Physically, the Heat were on another level.
"I'm going to have bad games; it happens. Obviously, it's not the perfect timing. But we're headed home now.
"We're learning, we're a young team. Nobody is panicking in the locker room, nobody's freaking out. We're staying together as a team. We go home and we've got to take care of business."