The Philadelphia 76ers suffered a scare on Wednesday night when Ben Simmons left the court with a shoulder injury. Fortunately for the team, the latest update is pretty encouraging.
Philadelphia came out of the gate strong to start the season, winning its first five games on the schedule. Since the team started off 5-0 it has lost back-to-back games against Western Conference opponents.
On Wednesday, the Sixers fell short to the Utah Jazz on the road. That result could have been different, though, if Simmons didn’t leave early in the game.
Simmons was trying to impose his will on Utah guard Royce O’Neale in the post, but he hurt his shoulder in the process.
After he bumped into O’Neale by the baseline, Simmons immediately held his shoulder. It didn’t look great at all, yet it doesn’t sound like the diagnosis is too severe.
Per Yahoo insider Chris Haynes, the X-ray results for Simmons came back negative. He’ll be further evaluated today.
Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons underwent an X-ray on his right shoulder, which came back negative and he will be further evaluated today, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 7, 2019
If the 76ers don’t have Simmons for an extended period of time, the offense will obviously not run as smooth.
Simmons is undoubtedly the best facilitator on Philadelphia’s roster. He’s averaging 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game this season.
The Sixers should know more about Simmons’ injury later today.