Ben Simmons harm replace: Nets rule star guard out for the rest of normal season and play-in event

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The Brooklyn Nets might be with out Ben Simmons for the rest of the common season and the play-in event resulting from his again harm, head coach Steve Nash mentioned Monday. Simmons has nonetheless not performed this season, and it stays unclear when or if he’ll be again on the courtroom.

Whereas Simmons has been touring with the staff and has been on the courtroom throughout shootaround and observe, he has been restricted to capturing drills and has not been cleared to begin operating or making dynamic actions.

“He is performing some mild capturing,” Nash mentioned when speaking to reporters on Sunday. “He is been on the courtroom just a little bit the previous couple of days. Nothing dynamic but. He isn’t even transferring round rather a lot. Just a few mild capturing.”

It is not clear precisely when Simmons injured his again, however he suffered a herniated disc which finally required an epidural in late March to alleviate ache. That process has clearly helped, at the least to some extent, however Simmons nonetheless has an extended methods to go to get again on the courtroom, and the Nets aren’t going to hurry him.

Per Nash’s feedback, the earliest we might see Simmons can be the primary spherical of the playoffs, however even that appears unlikely. The primary spherical is about to start on April 16, which is lower than two weeks away. If Simmons hasn’t even began operating, it is onerous to think about he’ll be cleared by then — particularly contemplating he is coping with a again downside and hasn’t performed an NBA sport since final June.

The Nets, after all, should make it to the playoffs first. They’re locked right into a play-in event spot, and are at present in tenth place within the Japanese Convention. If they can not leap up into seventh or eighth, they will should win two straight play-in video games simply to safe a playoff spot.

With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving main the best way, you would need to favor them to run that gauntlet if crucial, however there aren’t any ensures with their accidents and the way poor they have been on the defensive aspect of the ball. They’re simply 2-4 of their final six video games, and have misplaced to the Charlotte Hornets and Atlanta Hawks — two different play-in groups — throughout that stretch.

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