Simmons (back) is back to full health and will be available to play if or when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes, a team source told Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.com. "He's feeling strong," a member of Simmons' camp relayed to MacMullan. "The original restrictions were very limiting, but all of them have been removed. He would probably need another scan, so the doctors could officially clear him, but there's been no setbacks. He's dying to get out there." Before the NBA suspended its season March 12, Simmons had missed the 76ers' last eight games with a lower-back nerve impingement. The 76ers hadn't been planning to even re-evaluate Simmons until early April, so the point guard was seemingly at risk of missing the start of the playoffs, had they begun last week as originally scheduled. The ongoing league-wide shutdown has had the benefit of providing Simmons with ample recovery time from the injury without missing any additional games, and the 23-year-old now looks like he'll be ready to reclaim his normal role whenever the NBA gives teams the green light to resume training. Simmons' impending return is likely most damaging to the fantasy value of Shake Milton, who had started each of the Sixers' past eight games in place of the All-Star and averaged 17.9 points (on 57.6 percent shooting from the field), 4.4 assists, 3.0 three-pointers, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 31.0 minutes.
Simmons (back) will be re-evaluated in three weeks as he rehabs a lower-back nerve impingement, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. This is not exactly the most encouraging news, as Simmons has already missed eight of the last nine games and will now be sidelined through at least the end of the month. For fantasy purposes, this essentially ends his season, though the hope is that Simmons can return in time for the NBA postseason, which begins in mid-April.
Simmons (back) suffered nerve impingement in his lower back and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. The guard underwent a series of evaluations and tests on his back and they ultimately revealed the apparent nerve issue. As a result, Simmons will need approximately two weeks to recover, at which point he will then be re-evaluated by the 76ers' medical staff. With that in mind, Simmons will miss at least the next six matchups, though the former LSU standout could remain sidelined beyond that time frame. Shake Milton got the start at point guard Monday night, and he should continue to hold a larger role as long as Simmons remains out.
Simmons (back) is still undergoing evaluations, but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the All-Star is likely to miss multiple games. Woj's wording was somewhat vague, but he noted that Simmons' back issue is not "a day-to-day injury," and he went on to note that Simmons "will miss time." Just how much time remains to be seen, but at this point it's likely the Sixers are bracing for Simmons to sit out multiple contests as they enter a four-game week. After Monday's mathchup with Atlanta, which Simmons has already been ruled out of, Philadelphia plays Wednesday and Thursday before heading out on a four-game Western Conference roadtrip that begins Sunday in Los Angeles. According to coach Brett Brown, the Sixers will likely employ a point-guard-by-committee approach in Simmons' absence.
Simmons (back) will undergo additional testing Monday and won't be available for the game against Atlanta, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The young point guard underwent initial testing after returning to Philadelphia on Sunday, but he won't have a clear return timetable until undergoing a more thorough examination. Simmons returned from a one-game absence Saturday against the Bucks, but he aggravated the lower back issue and played only the first five minutes of the game. Shake Milton figures to see increased run Monday for the Sixers.
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