Ben Simmons and Seth Curry heeded the call of duty for the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5. Quite literally.
Simmons and Curry led the Sixers in their one-sided war against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday to advance to the second round. Simmons had a triple-double of 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists, while Curry took care of the scoring cudgels with 30 points, missing only seven of his 17 shots.
They stepped up in the absence of the injured Joel Embiid and their impressive showing can all be traced to a Call of Duty game before Game 5. According to ESPN, during their session, Simmons challenged Curry to score 30 points and send the Sixers to the next round. For his part, Simmons said he will get a triple-double.
Well, you don’t say?
Upon learning this, Sixers coach Doc Rivers couldn’t help but crack a joke.
“Clearly Seth listens to Ben so we’re going to use Ben as a translator for Seth from this point forward.”
Simmons, who has been criticized all series by Sixers fan, rose to the challenge and filled the void left by Embiid, who remains day-to-day due to knee soreness. Many have chastised Simmons for his lack of scoring, but the former Rookie of the Year showed in Game 5 that he doesn’t need to score big to impact the game. Curry, meanwhile, had his breakout output of the series after failing to score more than 15 points in each of the first four games.
With the Sixers facing the Atlanta Hawks in the second round, it’s clear what their strategy should be: Play more Call of Duty.