The results are in.
Ben Simmons will be re-evaluated in two weeks after suffering a nerve impingement in his lower back.
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That’s according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who added: “Doctors are hopeful treatment can drive improvement, but Sixers are preparing to play without him.”
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Wojnarowski reports there’s “no timeline” for a Simmons return, and that the re-evaluation in a fortnight is “more of an initial benchmark date” than an indicator that he’ll be ready to get back to basketball.
The Australian hurt his lower back last week in a Philadelphia 76ers practice session. He sat out of a game against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday (AEDT), lasted just five minutes of Sunday’s loss to the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks where he reportedly sustained the injury, and skipped Tuesday’s clash with the Atlanta Hawks.
With the Sixers sitting in the fifth seed with just 24 games left in the regular season, Simmons’ injury throws a spanner in Brett Brown’s plans.
“It’s not ideal,” Brown said. “But that’s why you have a team. Now, coach it.
“This is the opportunity we have without an NBA All-Star, without a starting point guard, and we will manufacture ball carriers with the group that’s been left back outside of Ben not being with us, and what that role looks like and who has that responsibility.”
Joel Embiid scored a career-high 49 points as the Sixers beat the Hawks without Simmons on Tuesday.