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Kyle Lowry downplays groin shot from Ben Simmons in Game 3

Kyle Lowry was on the receiving end of a shot to the groin courtesy of Ben Simmons in Thursday night’s Game 3 loss, but afterward declined to make a big deal out of it.

Simmons and Lowry got tangled up underneath the basket while trying to secure a rebound during the second quarter of the Philadelphia 76ers’ 116-95 victory over the Toronto Raptors at Wells Fargo Center. Simmons ended up on the floor with Lowry standing over him.

As the action moved down to the other end of the court, Simmons appeared to deliberately take a shot upwards at Lowry’s groin, causing the Raptors star to crumble to the floor.

Simmons arguably merited a technical foul, if not a flagrant, for his actions, but officials did not notice.

After the game, Lowry sought to downplay the incident.

“It’s nothing. He said he didn’t mean to do it. I’m not gonna dwell on something that wasn’t called. It is what it is. It’s not a big deal,” Lowry said, via TSN Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewenberg.

Simmons is certainly making a name for himself in the Sixers-Raptors semifinal series, and perhaps not a redeeming one, as he was later T’d up for “blocking” the basketball back at Pascal Siakam during the third quarter following an attempted shot during a break in the action.

The NBA may take a closer look at Simmons’ antics involving Lowry, and conceivably could retroactively assess the Sixers star a flagrant foul. Either way, odds are officials will be keeping a close eye on how Simmons conducts himself in the series going forward.