Simmons shrugs off Celtics fans' taunts

Tanya Simon
May 2, 2018

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons have been engaged in one of the NBA's spiciest slices of beef this year, with each rookie claiming they're the true Rookie of the Year.

The Melbourne-born 21-year-old was drafted No.1 by the 76ers in 2016 but sat out the entire 2016/17 season with a foot injury.

Fellow rookie Mitchell previously said Simmons should be ineligible for the Rookie of the Year award because this is actually his second season in the National Basketball Association.

Mitchell also tweeted four laughing emojis at the time the TV broadcast of the game captured the chants.

While all eyes were on Simmons after his impressive first round performance against Miami, Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum stole the show with a playoff career-high 28 points on 8-for-16 shooting.

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During an interview on Tuesday afternoon with Jazz beat writer Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News, Mitchell said that he definitely noticed the loud chants directed at Simmons while he was in attendance of the Houston Astros game against the New York Yankees on Monday night at Minute Maid Park.

The Aussie rookie managed 18 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, but it wasn't enough to inspire his team to victory.

Simmons was kept largely quiet as Celtics won 117-101 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

"I'm just focused on winning, not really match-ups".

"That's the frustrating part but obviously those few days off was not the best for us", Simmons said.

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