Ben Simmons fined $20K, given flagrant foul for elbowing Kyle Lowry in groin

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Kyle Lowry dismissed Ben Simmons elbowing him in the groin during the 76ers’ Game 2 win over the Raptors as nothing worth dwelling over.

The league felt differently.

NBA:

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons has been fined $20,000 and assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 upon league office review for making contact to the groin of Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

I thought Simmons might get away with it because Lowry downplayed the incident. But Lowry’s response shouldn’t have mattered, only Simmons’ action.

And that warranted this penalty.