Watch: NBA Star Somehow Gets Away with Lowest of Low Blows


Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons got away with a low blow on Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry in the Sixers’ 116-95 win Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center.

And it was low.

Simmons delivered an elbow to Lowry’s groin with about 8:40 left in the second quarter, and the referees missed it.

It happened after a missed shot by Tobias Harris in the paint. Lowry boxed out Simmons and the Philadephia guard fell to the floor. Lowry was standing over him, but just as a result of having boxed him out.

Simmons then delivered a forearm shiver up into Lowry’s private parts, which sent the Raptors guard to the floor, writhing in pain.

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On the next possession down, Lowry appealed to the refs, gesturing that he got elbowed below the belt, but he didn’t get the call.

Lowry was OK and kept playing, but it clearly would have been a flagrant foul had the refs seen it.

Should Simmons be disciplined by the league?

The league will likely review it and might discipline Simmons.

Lowry wasn’t dwelling on it, though.

“It was an elbow. Refs didn’t call it,” he said after the game. “It was nothing. He said he didn’t mean to do it. I’m not gonna dwell on something that wasn’t called. It is what it is. It’s not a big deal.”

Lowry had only seven points on 2-of-10 shooting from the field.

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That was not the only chippy play in the game. In the fourth quarter, Toronto’s Pascal Siakam got called for a flagrant foul for tripping Joel Embiid after Embiid stuffed him on a drive.

Siakam apologized to Embiid after the game and said he wasn’t trying to hurt him, reported Yahoo Sports.

Embiid led the Sixers with 33 points and 10 rebounds, while Jimmy Butler had 22 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.

Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 33 points, while Siakam had 20.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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