Ben Simmons, Sixers don’t care who they face in Round 1 of playoffs

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The Philadelphia 76ers clinched the No. 1 seed with a win over the Orlando Magic on Friday, but as the regular season ends on Sunday, they will not know who they face in the first round due to the play-in tournament.

The Sixers could face the Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers or Washington Wizards depending on the results of the play-in games that start Tuesday.

The Sixers went a combined 11-1 against those teams. So despite not knowing who they will face, they are not too concerned.

“I don’t care who we play,” said Ben Simmons. “That’s the point of having the No. 1 seed. You feel like you’re the best team in your conference, so you’re supposed to be able to play anybody. If we were scared, we shouldn’t be in this position.”

The good thing is the Sixers will have a lot of time to prepare and rest for the playoffs. Once they finish up with the Magic on Sunday, Philadelphia will have roughly a week off before the postseason. That will allow them to watch the games and scout who they will face.

“It’s gonna be entertaining to watch,” said Seth Curry. “I think it’s good for the league, especially over the past couple weeks and going forward. I’m excited to see how it plays out, but as a team, we know every individual players and every team you know everybody in the league. We know how these teams play and it’s the coach’s job to prepare for every possible scenario.”

Curry is right. It will be on coach Doc Rivers and his staff to put together the right game plan for whoever they face. The good news is they have pushed the right buttons all season and have been building the team toward this moment.

“Our chemistry overall has just continued to grow and I think we still have a lot more growing to do,” Simmons added. “I think we’re in a great position with the chemistry and everybody on this team right now and obviously the coaching staff, I think, has done a great job of putting these guys together. I’m looking forward to seeing what we have in the playoffs.”

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