Ben Simmons’ Injury More Severe Than 76ers Let On
Ben Simmons’ injury is more severe than the 76ers originally let on, it would appear.
Although Philadelphia has yet to specifically explain what precisely is happening with their superstar forward, it is clear at this point that it is nothing good.
In a recent report, ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that Simmons would continue to miss playing time and that his status was not day-to-day.
If it were day-to-day, that would mean all parties involved had the impression the problem was solvable in the near future. Clearly that is not the case.
ESPN Sources: Sixers star Ben Simmons is still undergoing treatment and evaluation on his back and there’s expected to be a course of action decided upon soon. This isn’t a day-to-day injury; Simmons will miss time. How much time? That’s still unclear.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 24, 2020
“Sixers star Ben Simmons is still undergoing treatment and evaluation on his back and there’s expected to be a course of action decided upon soon,” he tweeted out.
“This isn’t a day-to-day injury; Simmons will miss time. How much time? That’s still unclear.”
Simmons was already listed as out for Philly’s Monday night showdown against the Atlanta Hawks, but it looks like his absence will stretch beyond that.
The safe assumption at this point seems to be that Simmons will sit out this week’s outings against the Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks.
However, if he ends up still out by Sunday, he would also end up missing the Sixers’ West Coast swing that features games against the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers.
So far this year the 23-year-old is averaging 16.7 points, 8.2 assists and 7.8 rebounds per outing.
Philadelphia is currently fifth in the Eastern Conference and was hoping to make a serious push to move up the standings in the second half of the season, but that will be a lot more difficult now that Simmons appears to be compromised.