2021 NBA Playoffs: Thoughts on First Round in the East

Philadelphia 76ers (1) v Washington Wizards (8): Sixers up 2–0

Exactly what the Sixers needed — no drama until the next round. Ben Simmons needs a strong showing throughout these playoffs to silence the never-ending doubters — who rightfully wonder how a modern NBA playoff contender will function when their point guard can’t shoot. Simmons’ defense will help give the Sixers a chance against the SuperNets…if his transition skills and rebounding aren’t neutralized by his shooting, and if Harris…