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Simmons fined, given flagrant foul for groin hit

Simmons fined, given flagrant foul for groin hit

Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons dunks as Toronto Raptors' Norman Powell, right, watches during the first half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Philadelphia. Presumably, in thinking Lowry made excessive contact, Simmons retaliated by elbowing the Toronto Raptors' starting point guard in the groin area. The incident occurred with 8:36 left in the second quarter.

Simmons was also given a technical foul during the game when he grabbed a practice shot by Raptors forward Pascal Siakam and pushed the ball back towards Siakam.

After getting ejected from a game and threatening to fight each other away from the court a season ago, it looks as though Ben Simmons and Kyle Lowry have renewed their rivalry in the post-season.

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Lowry appeared to mockingly sit on Simmons' head while holding his arms in the air. As Simmons got to his feet, he smacked Lowry between the legs, knocking him to the floor in pain.

That came Friday afternoon when the league handed down a $20,000 fine and a Flagrant Foul 1 foul to Simmons. Lowry said after the contest that the 76ers guard approached him at halftime and apologized for the incident. "Said he didn't mean to". "[Referee] Scott Foster didn't call it on the floor".

"It happened. It's over now". We got our ass kicked after.