When the Philadelphia Sixers hosted the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night, they were without All-Star point guard Ben Simmons. This year’s break didn’t provide him enough time to recover from lower back tightness.
Simmons is having yet another excellent season in Philadelphia, averaging 16.9 points, 8.3 assists and 7.9 rebounds per game. He’s also been very durable, appearing in all but three games so far for the Sixers
Back injuries could be tricky for an athlete like Simmons, but the latest update on his health is encouraging. In fact, the Sixers listed him as probable for tomorrow’s showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks.
According to NBC Sports Philadelphia, the team put Simmons through an individual workout to see how his back would respond. Clearly, he looked sharp enough for the team to move forward and list him as probable.
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) February 21, 2020
The 76ers need Ben Simmons on Saturday night if they’re going to defeat the Bucks.
Milwaukee is currently running away with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Giannis Antetokounmpo is on pace to win back-to-back MVP awards.
Last time Milwaukee and Philadelphia met, Simmons struggled offensively. We’ll see if he can have a bounce-back performance this weekend – if he’s cleared to play.
Tipoff for tomorrow’s showdown between the Bucks and Sixers is at 8:30 p.m. ET from Fiserv Forum.