Philadelphia 76ers ahead Ben Simmons known as his staff “too mushy” for the second time this season after Friday night time’s 123-121 house loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Taking part in with out star middle Joel Embiid, who missed the sport with a sore ankle, the Sixers allowed Atlanta to rack up 62 factors within the paint whereas outrebounding Philadelphia 44-30.

“Positively,” Simmons stated when requested whether or not physicality was the Sixers’ greatest downside. “I believe we had been too mushy.”

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In November, Simmons additionally used “mushy” to describe his staff — and Embiid agreed — after a 25-point loss to the Brooklyn Nets, although that was earlier than the Sixers accomplished a serious commerce to purchase swingman Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Butler wouldn’t go so far as Simmons did Friday night time and took situation together with his teammate’s alternative of phrases.

“I do not just like the phrase ‘mushy,'” Butler stated, and added a whistle. “I simply do not suppose that we did what we had been supposed to do. I am not gonna say that anyone’s mushy. I simply suppose that we obtained beat in each side of the sport. They got here out from the bounce and did what they needed to do, they usually did that for 48 straight minutes.”

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Ben Simmons goes for 23 factors, 15 assists and 10 rebounds, however it’s not sufficient to defeat the Hawks, who steal a street victory within the remaining seconds.

With the sport tied within the remaining minute, Butler misplaced the ball on a drive down the lane that led to Atlanta’s John Collins discovering separation and burying a fadeaway jumper with 25 seconds left for the lead. Butler had an opportunity at atonement however missed two free throws with 2.four seconds left.

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“I hope we’re nonetheless collectively,” Butler stated. “No one pointing fingers at anyone.”

Simmons, who had 23 factors, 15 assists and 10 rebounds, wasn’t naming names, however stated he needed to see extra physicality from your entire staff.

“I simply do not suppose we’re bodily sufficient. I believe defensively, we’re not taking it private sufficient when guys rating on us. It must be a satisfaction factor when any person scores; you have to be annoyed each time,” he stated.

“I believe that comes with age — we’ve got a variety of younger guys — however on the identical time, I believe we’ve got to count on extra from one another to get higher and get to that subsequent degree. ‘Trigger I do know as soon as playoff time comes, it is one other degree.”

Requested whether or not he had spoken together with his teammates in regards to the situation, Simmons stated: “We all know. We all know we gotta be extra bodily.

“We’ve to take it as a problem. You do not wanna come out on the ground and have guys go at you each sport. You wanna make satisfaction factor. You wanna come out and get stops and lock down your man. And that is everyone, together with me.”

The November commerce of Butler to be a part of fellow stars Simmons and Embiid hasn’t gone as easily because the Sixers had hoped. Embiid at occasions has complained about his function in Philly’s offense, and Butler lately challenged coach Brett Brown about his personal function within the offense, ESPN reported earlier this month.

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