Ben Simmons is another Australian already known for his passing ability in the NBA.

Their games aren’t necessarily similar, but the hype around Green could eventually reach Simmons levels by the time he is set to come out of college and the NBA phenom said recently that he’d reached out to the teenager.

“I know there’s somebody out here: Josh Green … I’ve reached out to him, and spoken to him, if he needs any advice or anything like that,” Simmons told back in December.

“Right now we’re finishing up our high-school season so I’m sure I’m really going to start thinking about what colleges I would like to attend, but I’m sure it’ll come eventually, but nothing coming soon.”

Celtics: Boston’s bench outscored Detroit’s 65-21. … Tatum was 4 of 4 from the field in the first half. … Stevens said Baynes has not been ruled out for Saturday night’s game at New York.

“Everyone had high hopes for us coming out of the break, but we didn’t live up to them tonight,” Drummond said. “We’ve got to go to practice tomorrow and figure out what is going on, because we have a lot of games coming up.”

The Pittsburgh Penguins made plenty of moves Friday night — on the ice, with the roster and in the standings.

Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin each had two goals and an assist and the Penguins moved into first place in the Metropolitan Division by routing the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 for their season-best sixth straight victory.

Matt Murray made 27 saves for Pittsburgh, which has won 11 of 13 to overtake idle Washington for first place in the Metropolitan Division. Since the Penguins were shut out by Carolina on Jan. 4, they are 16-3-1.

“We’ve been playing good hockey here, and we need to continue to do that,” Crosby said. “Hopefully, we can stay with the pace here and keep going.”

Teuvo Teravainen scored and Cam Ward stopped 33 shots for the short-handed Hurricanes, who have gone 0-3-1 during a four-game slide that’s keeping them outside the Eastern Conference playoff race.jays_495_82c47616ea05a432-180x180

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