Ben Simmons ready to avenge Celtics in NBA

By Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent

Ben Simmons says he is ready to face the Boston Celtics, ignore their taunting fans and claim game two of the NBA Eastern Conference semi-final series.

The Celtics thumped Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers 117-101 in game one on Monday.

"It's going to be a tough match-up, as was game one, but we know what to fix and improve," Simmons said.

The Celtics, including their Australian centre/forward Aron Baynes, successfully targetted the 76ers' arsenal of three-point shooters in game one.

JJ Reddick missed five of his seven three-point attempts, Robert Covington and Dario Saric both went 0-4, Ersan Ilyasova 0-3 and Marco Belinelli was 1-2.

The Celtics rarely double teamed the 76ers, particularly centre Joel Embiid, to keep defenders on the shooters lined up around the perimeter.

The Celtics also dared Simmons to shoot from distance, something the Australian is reluctant to do.

The 76ers coach Brett Brown was more concerned with the 76ers defence and has worked on that in their three-day break between games.

"We weren't, in many ways, at all what we have been defensively and most of that I give credit to the Celtics, a portion of it I scold us and we need to do better defensively," Brown said.

"I believe you will see a different team tonight."

Embiid agreed.

"Defensively, we were trash," Embiid, who had 31 points, 13 rebounds and five assists on Monday, said.

"They made a lot of shots.

"We didn't."

Boston fans are renowned for their trash talk and they targeted Simmons in game one with chants of "not a rookie" when the 21-year-old was shooting free throws or bringing the ball up the court.

Simmons' critics say he should not be eligible for the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, to be announced next month, because he sat out the entire 2016-17 season with a foot injury.

Game two is scheduled to begin 10.30am AEST on Friday.