The Philadelphia 76ers weird 2019-20 season continues to feature numerous hiccups. The most recent: an injury to All-Star Ben Simmons.
Philly entered the year with serious aspirations. There are few, if any, more talented rosters in the Eastern Conference, and the team hoped that Simmons and fellow All-Star Joel Embiid would start to mesh. Head coach Brett Brown still doesn’t seem to have found the equation that really works. The team is 34-21, and sits in fifth place in the conference at this point.
The league gets set to resume play after the All-Star Break tonight. Simmons had a strong performance for Team LeBron, scoring 17 points and adding six rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes. Just days later, he’s out for the Sixers. He reportedly complained of “lower back tightness” during Wednesday’s practice.
The issues continued today, through two days of treatment according to The Athletic’s Derek Bodner. Tonight, with the Brooklyn Nets in town, Simmons is not available to go. Brooklyn is having its own issues, as the team recently announced that star point guard Kyrie Irving will have shoulder surgery and miss the remainder of the season. He’ll obviously also be out tonight as a result.
Simmons initially reported discomfort yesterday at practice. He received treatment, both yesterday after practice and again today, but is still experiencing some discomfort. His status for Saturday's game will be updated tomorrow. https://t.co/g0kjmKTOFb
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) February 20, 2020
On the year, Ben Simmons is averaging 16.9 points, a career high 8.3 assists, 7.9 rebounds, and a league-high 2.2 steals per game.
This week, there has been plenty of speculation about the future of the Simmons-Embiid duo in Philadelphia. Per ESPN it is believed that Philadelphia is more likely to move Embiid, if it makes a huge splash at all.
Tonight’s game in Philadelphia is set to tip off at 8 p.m. ET.