Sixers star Ben Simmons out vs. Magic, treatment options under consideration
Ben Simmons will not be available when the Philadelphia 76ers face the Orlando Magic on Friday, as treatment options for his subluxation of the left patella are still being considered, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Simmons suffered a leg injury during the third quarter of the Sixers’ game against the Washington Wizards. He headed for the locker room and did not return after putting up eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 23 minutes.
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Simmons’ MRI showed no ligament damage but it did show a subluxation of the left knee cap. Both sides are collectively working on treatment options for the talented youngster, as the Sixers creep closer to the playoffs after going 2-1 in the bubble.
Philadelphia still has five seeding games remaining, having dropped to sixth after the Indiana Pacers’ 3-0 start thus far. While it’s mathematically impossible for the Sixers to slip below the sixth spot, the chances to muster a top-four finish in the East are dwindling and they get even tougher without Simmons.
Simmons dealt with his share of injury woes right before the season came to a halt in March 11. While the hiatus gave him enough time to get himself right, this injury could prove to be the nail in the coffin in regards to his 2019-20 season, as the former No. 1 pick struggles to remain on the court.
According to Tim Bontemps of ESPN, head coach Brett Brown said the Sixers will have a better sense of how they will proceed with Simmons treatment in the next 24 hours.