76ers Simmons: I don't care who we play in the NBA Playoffs
Philadelphia secured home court and the top seed throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. Star guard Ben Simmons says he is ready for whoever in playoffs.
Ben Simmons said he does not care who the Philadelphia 76ers meet in the opening round of the NBA playoffs after clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
The 76ers claimed the best record in the east for the first time since 2000-01 thanks to Friday's 122-97 rout of the lowly Orlando Magic.
76ers top the East for the first time since AI days
Seth Curry posted 20 points, while Joel Embiid had 13 points and 11 rebounds as the 76ers earned home-court advantage for the playoffs.
The 76ers will begin their quest for a first NBA championship since 1983 on May 22, starting against the eighth seed from the play-in tournament.
But All-Star Simmons, who put up 13 points, nine assists and four rebounds, said: "I don't care who we play.
Simmons: "If we were scared, we shouldn't be here"
"That's the point of being the number one seed, you feel like you can beat anybody.
"If we were scared, we shouldn't be in this position.
"We want to get ready for the playoffs. We put ourselves in a good position, but we want to win a championship."
The last time the 76ers topped the Eastern Conference ahead of the postseason, Philadelphia – led by MVP Allen Iverson – went on to reach the NBA Finals, though they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1.
Philly aiming for "the whole thing"
Philadelphia have not advanced to the NBA Finals since, with the 76ers failing to make it beyond the conference semi-finals in 2003, 2012, 2018 and 2019, while they were swept in the first round by the Boston Celtics last season.
MVP hopeful Embiid insisted: "I'm happy about what we accomplished, but we have a long way to go. Now's the time to lock in and go get the whole thing."
Emiid with a warning: We're going to get even better in the playoffs
"Home-court advantage helps a lot," Embiid said. "We've been dominant at home; we barely lose here. It means a lot to have the number one seed."
Embiid – who has flourished under head coach Doc Rivers, who replaced Brett Brown at the start of the season – added: "We did it as a group, felt like everybody contributed. Great coaching staff, great front office, the group we've had this year has been exceptional.
"As good as we were in the regular season, I think we're going to be even better in the playoffs."
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