Skip to main content

Breaking: Nets Announce Game 4 Decision On Ben Simmons

Brooklyn Nets point guard Ben Simmons on the bench.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 14: Ben Simmons of the Brooklyn Nets speaks with Patty Mills #8 on the bench during the game against the Sacramento Kings at Barclays Center on February 14, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

The Brooklyn Nets won't welcome Ben Simmons back as they fight to fend off elimination Monday against the Boston Celtics.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Simmons won't make his season and team debut for the Nets in Game 4. On Friday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said the 25-year-old would return for Game 4 "barring a setback."

Though his absence defies earlier reports, it's not shocking to see Simmons ruled out. He hasn't played a game since the Atlanta Hawks eliminated his Philadelphia 76ers last June. Simmons infamously passed with a clear path to a layup or dunk, leading to postgame remarks from Doc Rivers and Joel Embiid that caused friction within the organization.

There'd be no time for Simmons to fight off rust with Brooklyn's season on the line. Along with getting back into a rhythm, he'd also have to adjust to new teammates in a high-pressure situation.

While the Nets could have used his defensive prowess, Simmons would have likely faced a strict minutes restriction. These factors could have contributed to the team keeping him sidelined.

It's unclear whether Simmons could still play if the Nets extend their season at the Barclays Center on Monday. However, he'll have to wait until next year if they fall short and get swept.