Donovan Mitchell's crossover on Draymond Green liked by Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook

Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons & Co. are trying to lock up the No. 3 seed in the East

The Jazz guard said he didn't care about Simmons' apparent disrespect after the Sixers ball-handler said he wasn't impressed with other rookies.

The topic came up again during Simmons' post-game media availabilty at his locker, with the 6-foot-10 point guard telling reporters he wasn't too anxious about MItchell's comments.

Mitchell, however, recently poked some fun at Simmons by wearing a sweatshirt with the definition of "rookie" printed on it.

Watching with amusement from afar was Blake Griffin, who was rookie of the year after the 2010-11 season, after missing all of his first National Basketball Association season with a knee injury. He has been our guy, offensively, all year who we have relied on.

Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a picture during media day on September 26, 2016 in Camden, New Jersey. "I thought it was something serious". Simmons, who has been a triple-double machine for the Sixers this year, is technically a rookie because he missed the entirety of last season due to injury. At 6-foot-10, he's averaging 16.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game.

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"Not taking away anything that he's doing because he's having a fantastic year, and I think he'll be one of the faces of this league for years to come", Green added. "He's a great player and if I wasn't a rookie this year, he would've definitely had it".

Simmons, predictably, fired right back at Mitchell. In an addendum to his story, Chris Haynes tweeted out a quote from Mitchell that didn't make the article. "Then I heard about what he said and I was like, 'Whatever.' That's not my concern".

Both teams have a shot at clinching the third spot in their respective conferences on the final night of the season.

Critics, of course, say the year of preparation Simmons got by traveling with the team gives him an unfair edge over the experience of other rookies. "I think the record that Donovan cares about is our team's record, and he's taken the opportunities that the game presents to him, and obviously we're thrilled for him that he did that".

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