NBA: Simmons fined, given flagrant foul for groin hit

Published May 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons was fined $20,000 and assessed a flagrant foul by the NBA on Friday for elbowing Toronto’s Kyle Lowry in the groin during a playoff victory Thursday.

League officials reviewed videos of the Australian star making contact with Lowry with 8:36 remaining in the second quarter of Philadelphia’s 116-95 home victory over the Raptors.

Simmons and Lowry tangled under the basket after a Philadelphia missed shot and Simmons struck Lowry in the groin. No foul was called on the play, referees missing the contact.

The 76ers seized a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference second-round series with game four on Sunday in Philadelphia.

Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers  (Jesse D. Garrabrant / NBAE / Getty Images / AFP)
Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers (Jesse D. Garrabrant / NBAE / Getty Images / AFP)

Lowry and Simmons also clashed in January 2018, threatening a fight away from the court.

Simmons, 22, has averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.6 steals a game for the 76ers this season.

The Raptors-76ers series winner will face either the Milwaukee Bucks or Boston Celtics for a berth in the NBA Finals. (Agence France-Presse)

 
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