For a while, it looked like we might finally be getting Ben Simmons's Brooklyn Nets debut in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics on Monday.
However, after ramping up to try and play, Simmons' balky back acted up again today, which led to the Nets ruling him out tomorrow night. With the Nets down 3-0 in the series and on the verge of elimination, there's a very strong chance Simmons does not suit up for Brooklyn this year.
That isn't sitting right with Hall of Famer and Turner Sports commentator Reggie Miller, who took Simmons to task on Twitter today.
"Cmon MAN!!! Out for Game 4 when it was rumored you were going to make your debut," Miller wrote. "This dude has ZERO competitive [fire]... As small a chance as the Nets have to come back in this series, you still have KD and Kyrie, all you need is to win ONE game and take it from there.. #ManUp."
It would be one thing if this tweet came from one of the more boisterous former players in the media, but Miller is not much of a hot take artist. That could be part of the reason why analysts and fans seem to be paying particular attention to his words.
Without Simmons, the Nets will attempt to stave off elimination tomorrow night in Brooklyn.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on TNT.