What might be forgotten is how well he was playing before he hurt his back. In his last 15 games leading up to and including the 110-103 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 11, he averaged 21.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 7.9 assists, while shooting 69.4% from the foul line. During that time, he averaged 7.4 free throw attempts. Before that 15-game stretch, in 38 previous games, he averaged 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists. Simmons averaged just 4.5 free throw attempts per game and shot 58.5% from the foul line. He was also playing at an All-NBA defensive team level, although it’s been that way for the entire season. If the more recent Simmons shows up, the Sixers will be a dangerous team.