Philadelphia 76ers all-star Ben Simmons left Wednesday's game against the Wizards with a left-knee injury, but according to NBA insider Shams Charania, the MRI came back clean and Simmons is expected to be day-to-day.
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, he has been a physical specimen and injury was the least of our concerns with him. Now, the reliability factor 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.