The Ben Simmons who showed up in Game 6 of the conference semifinals after scoring 10 or fewer points in four straight games is the one the Philadelphia 76ers need if they want to snare Game 7 in Toronto. That Simmons is why we can't demand "trade him for shooters!" after every uneven game.
"I know my role," Simmons told ESPN.com after that game. "It's being Ben Simmons -- somebody who can attack downhill, get to the rim, defensively make plays, get my teammates involved."
Simmons raced out after some first-quarter Toronto Raptors misses, and when he gets a few early end-to-end rushes, it seems to inject him with an energy and hyper-awareness that lasts the entire game.