Speaking after getting fouled out in the Nets' season opener, Ben Simmons said, "I Gotta Tone It Down."

There is no mystery. Ben Simmons was eager to play the New Orleans Pelicans in the season's opening game on Wednesday night

He had been exuding enthusiasm in the run-up to the game, but that energy cost him.

For the Brooklyn Nets, Simmons fouled out in his second consecutive game

He played only 23 minutes in the first game of the season and finished the game with a modest four points, five rebounds, five assists, and four turnovers

After Brooklyn was humiliated by New Orleans in a rout

he recounted how his exuberance contributed to him sitting down early.

After the Nets' 130-108 defeat to the Pelicans at Barclays Center on Wednesday

Simmons stated, "I must tone it down." "Like I'd be a touch too aggressively physical.

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