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Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons downplayed the impact of chants by Boston Celtics fans, which questioned his rookie status, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden on Monday night.
The fans serenaded Simmons with a “not a rookie” chant in the second half of the 76ers’ 117-101 defeat, and Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com provided comments from the NBA Rookie of the Year front-runner, who missed his expected debut campaign in 2016-17 because of a foot injury.
“I don’t care,” Simmons said. “It doesn’t affect me at all.”
Boston also features one of the NBA’s top rookies, Jayson Ta