Simmons (knee) underwent surgery on his left knee Monday and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Given that the postseason begins in a week, Simmons missing the rest of the season doesn't come as a major surprise, but it's still sobering news for the 76ers, who will enter the playoffs without one of their All-Stars. Simmons suffered the injury -- a subluxation of his left kneecap -- during a seeding-game win over the Wizards on Aug. 5. In his absence, the Sixers have shuffled their starting five to include both Joel Embiid and Al Horford up front, along with Shake Milton, Josh Richardson and Tobias Harris.
Simmons (knee) will undergo surgery to remove a loose body in his left knee, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. He will be leaving the bubble and a timetable for a return will be established at a later time.
This is close to a worst-case scenario for Simmons, as he'll have to leave the bubble to undergo surgery. That puts his status for the playoffs in jeopardy, and whether he returns or not this season could be determined by how far the 76ers can go without him. In his absence, the 76ers have put Al Horford back in the starting five next to Joel Embiid, and both players should see increased usage. Tobias Harris may also need to be relied upon more as a scorer, while more minutes are undoubtedly in line for Shake Milton and Josh Richardson.
The 76ers are listing Simmons as out indefinitely, and he's currently weighing treatment options after he was diagnosed Thursday with a subluxation of the left kneecap, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The phrasing of Wojnarowski's report suggests leaving the NBA bubble in Orlando is a possibility for Simmons, who suffered the injury in Wednesday's contest against the Wizards. He's also been shifted from "day-to-day" to "out," so he shouldn't be expected to play in the immediate future. While Simmons appears set to miss most, if not all, of the 76ers' remaining seeding games, coach Brett Brown said the team expects to have a clearer timeline for the two-time All-Star within the next 24 hours, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com. So long as Simmons remains out, the 76ers will likely have to lean more heavily on the frontcourt pairing of Al Horford and Joel Embiid. The likes of Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris and Shake Milton could also notice bumps in usage while Simmons is sidelined.
Simmons' MRI on his left knee came back clean and he's expected to be day-to-day moving forward, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
This is outstanding news considering Simmons left Wednesday's game against the Wizards early due to discomfort in his left knee and wasn't able to return. The guard will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, and will likely be a game-time call against the Magic on Friday. It was reported earlier that Simmons didn't experience swelling or pain while being evaluated in the locker room during and after Wednesday's win.
Simmons will not return to Wednesday's game against the Wizards due to a left knee injury, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.
An exact diagnosis has not been announced, and Sixers will wait with bated breath for a more detailed update on the two-time All-Star. Simmons did not appear to be in significant discomfort as he left the floor, but it was evident that he detected something was wrong with his left leg after securing a rebound in traffic midway through the third quarter. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that Simmons was not experiencing swelling or pain while being evaluated in the locker room.
Simmons departed Wednesday's game against the Wizards during the third quarter, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports.
Simmons grabbed a rebound and appeared to tweak his upper leg or lower back, and he immediately left the game and hobbled his way toward the locker room. The Sixers are yet to issue an update, but Simmons' day is almost certainly done, and it remains to be seen if he'll miss any additional time. Philadelphia is off Thursday before facing the Magic on Friday
Simmons amassed just eight points (4-6 FG), five assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 25 minutes during Monday's 132-130 victory over San Antonio.
This was one of the poorest outings of the year for Simmons, who managed minimal production before fouling out. However, he excelled in the Sixers' first game following the restart and should bounce back Wednesday against the Wizards.
Simmons notched 19 points (8-14 FG, 3-6 FT), 13 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 38 minutes during Saturday's 127-121 loss against the Pacers.
Simmons was accurate from the field and might have grabbed 13 rebounds or more for the seventh time this season, but he wasn't able to carry the Sixers to a win in the restart opener. His versatility is fantasy gold for most users, however, and his combination of efficient scoring and ability to fill the stat sheet on a nightly basis should keep him valuable across all formats.
Simmons supplied 14 points (5-10 FG, 4-7 FT), 11 rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 26 minutes during Sunday's 102-97 scrimmage loss to the Thunder.
Simmons finished just one dime shy of a triple-double and paced the team in scoring, as he became the top offensive option with Joel Embiid (calf) sitting this one out. Nevertheless, Simmons is clearly capable of producing at this level even when the team is at full strength, and he remains of the most versatile contributors in the league.
Simmons posted nine points (4-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt), nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes during Friday's 90-83 scrimmage win over the Grizzlies.
Simmons was excellent on both sides of the ball Friday, which is what we've come to expect. What we haven't come to expect is his two three-point attempts, which he shot with no hesitation. Rumors have been swirling that Simmons is coming into the restart with a new mindset about shooting the ball, and it's possible we'll continue to see him be liberal from three in the team's two final scrimmages.
Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown said Monday that Simmons has been practicing exclusively at power forward since the 76ers resumed training in Orlando a few days ago, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Meanwhile, Shake Milton has been serving as the 76ers' first-unit point guard, the position in which Simmons has played 81 percent of his minutes since entering the NBA, per Basketball-Reference. At 6-foot-10 with a seven-foot wingspan, Simmons has been an imposing presence on the defensive end against opposing point guards, but his nonexistent perimeter game (two career made three-point attempts) and poor free-throw shooting (career 59.4 percent mark) has undermined some of the impact of his excellent passing skills on the other side of the court. Over the past few practices, Brown has said that Simmons has been "killing it" while playing alongside Joel Embiid, suggesting the two co-stars will likely work as the starting frontcourt tandem when the 76ers return to action Aug. 1 versus the Pacers. If the move to power forward proves to be a permanent one, Simmons would likely see his assist rate plummet while he plays off the ball more frequently, but he should hold steady in most other categories.
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.
Simmons is set to undergo an MRI on his lower back Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The 23-year-old missed Thursday's win over the Nets, but he returned to the court Saturday against the Bucks only to aggravate the injury within the first five minutes of the opening tip. The MRI should provide some clarity on the injury, but any lingering back issues for Simmons would have a significant impact on the Sixers down the stretch. He should be considered questionable for Monday's game versus Atlanta until the imaging results are released.
Simmons (back) won't return to Saturday's game in Milwaukee, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Simmons aggravated his back injury on a layup in the first quarter and made his way to the locker room after playing the first five minutes. The young point guard missed Thursday's game due to the issue but attempted to make a quick return to the court this weekend. Simmons should be considered questionable for Monday's matchup with the Hawks until the team updates his status.
Simmons (back) is available for Saturday's tilt with the Bucks, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
As expected, Simmons will make his return from a one-game absence that stemmed from a sore back. Look for him to take on his usual starting role, which he's translated to averages of 16.9 points, 8.3 assists, 7.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 36.3 minutes per game so far this year.
Simmons (back) is probable for Saturday's game at Milwaukee, Ky Carlin of USA Today reports.
Simmons missed Thursday's overtime win over the Nets due to lower back tightness, but his absence will likely be limited to one game. The 23-year-old posted consecutive triple-doubles against the Bulls and Clippers heading into the All-Star break.
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