Well, it originally seemed like Ben Simmons' left knee injury wasn't serious, but Adrian Wojnarowski is now reporting that Simmons "suffered a subluxation of the left knee cap, Sixers say. He’s considering treatment options and currently out."
Marc Stein tweeted that Simmons is "out indefinitely."
Simmons injured his knee in Wednesday's game against the Wizards. After the game, Shams Charania reported that his MRI came back "clean" and he is "day-to-day."
Here is the play where Simmons suffered the injury, courtesy of NBCSportsPhilly's John Clark on Twitter.
PhillyVoice's Kyle Neubeck reports that this injury "typically tends to be treated through non-surgical means, particularly if it's a first-time issue." Simmons' timetable to return is unknown and most likely will be determined based on how his knee responds to treatment. Ultimately, the Sixers are likely focusing on getting Simmons back in time for the postseason, which begins on August 17th.
Simmons, 24, just recovered from a serious back injury that he suffered before the season paused. Simmons used to four months off to rehab his injury and get back healthy. Now, he must deal with another injury, albeit one that is seemingly less serious.
After suffering a foot injury forcing Simmons to miss his entire first year in the NBA, injury was the least of our concerns with the 6'10" physical specimen. Now, the reliability factor with Simmons is starting to come into question.
As far as basketball goes, Simmons has struggled in the three games since the season resumed in Orlando. After a 19 point, 13 rebound, four assist performance in the first game back, foul trouble has got the best of Simmons, who scored just eight points in each of the next two games, playing just 47 total minutes due to fouls and his injury.
And of course, I must mention, Simmons has not made a three in regular season bubble action yet.
As a team, the 76ers have not looked great to restart the season, but they have found a way to win two of their three games to improve to 41-27. They are now 1.0 game back of the Pacers for the No. 5 seed, 2.0 games back of the Heat for the No. 4 seed, and 4.0 games back of the Celtics for the No. 3 seed with five regular season games to go.
Next up for them is Markelle Fultz and the Orlando Magic at 6:30pm on Friday.