The Brooklyn Nets earned their ticket to the first round of the NBA knockouts, securing a best-of-seven series against All-Star Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics. But, the biggest question on everyone’s mind remains: When will Nets point guard Ben Simmons be released to play?
From ESPN Brian WindhorstAccording to Bleacher Report, Simmons is targeting Game 4, 5, or 6 in Brooklyn’s series against the Celtics during his appearance on “Get Up.” However, Ben’s impending return could happen sooner rather than later.
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Goodman: ‘The plan was for him to play Game 1’
According to Stadium’s Jeff GoodmanFirst overall pick of 2016 and the Nets are planning to start their best of 7 series with Simmons in uniform.
“Yes, from my sources I told Ben Simmons, as of now, the plan is for him to play Game 1,” Goodman said on CLNS Media’s Bob Ryan & Jeff Goodman podcast. “Game 1 in their first series, not the Match. Where will that be? Here in Boston. How about that? Kyrie, must carry out a few demons against Cleveland, and then, potentially, Boston. Ben Simmons is back, playing his first game, this season, in Boston. ”
Goodman doesn’t expect Nets head coach Steve Nash to play Simmons for more than the typical 32 minutes he averages over the course of his four-year career. However, Jeff believes that the one-minute limit for Ben will still make an impact.
“It probably depends on how well he can practice with the team at this point,” Goodman said. “For me, you wouldn’t ask him to do too much, soon. It’s correct? You give him 10-15 minutes (in) game 1 if you can. And, you only make him facilitate and protect. And, if his body fits it, that’s probably all you need. “
Ryan: What about Kyrie Irving?
The absence of Robert Williams (concealed face) for the Celtics was an obstacle for veterans Al Horford and Daniel Theis to climb. It’s a loss, though, that Brooklyn will seek to exploit throughout its best of 7 series; Simmons’ presence will help accentuate that point.
“In this series, without Robert Williams, I feel like: push the ball,” Goodman said of Brooklyn’s offense. “If he’s athletic and has a strong back, he can push it; he can just give it to Kyrie and KD and finish it when he needs to. The days of saying, ‘Hey, Ben Simmons has to kick the ball’? They went with Kyrie and KD around. They don’t need that. They don’t need that from him.”
Goodman’s co-host Bob Ryan also weighed in on the possibility of Simmons entering the start of Brooklyn’s first series, agreeing with Goodman’s assessment. However, Bob’s belief is that one of Boston’s biggest concerns should lie not in the star who hasn’t played a game this season, but in Kyrie Irving; who averaged more than 30 points each in the last 15 games of the season, guiding the Nets to a 10-5 finish.
“He’s going to be a real threat,” Ryan said. “Analyze him as a footballer, and forget about personality. There are those who explicitly say that he is the greatest finisher of his size in game history. Stage = Stage.”
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