76ers forward Ben Simmons fired back at the Nets' Jared Dudley after Brooklyn's forward criticized him.
"Ben Simmons is a great player in transition," Dudley said of Simmons. "And once you get him into half court, he's average."
Simmons' response, via the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey: "That's coming from Jared Dudley, come on."
Dudley, who also called out Simmons and Joel Embiid's reaction after Embiid's flagrant foul of Jarrett Allen, did not play in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals but expects to return from a calf injury for Game 3 on Thursday.
"We missed him," Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "He's probable. He practiced, looked great. I think he's going to be ready to go. Having him and Ed [Davis] full strength, that's part of where we'll improve."
Dudley and the Nets held Simmons to just nine points on 4-of-9 shooting in a Game 1 win last Saturday. With Dudley out of the rotation, Simmons recorded an 18-point, 10-rebound, 12-assist triple-double in a blowout 76ers win that evened the series.
Dudley said one of the ways to try to stop Simmons is to play with more physicality.
"For him it's taking away his easy baskets," Dudley said, according to Lewis. "If you're in a bad way, foul him and make him make free throws. If he's 4-for-4, keep fouling him. The odds tell you what his percentages are."