Report: Sixers’ Ben Simmons out vs. Hornets on Sunday, will be re-evaluated on Monday
Sixers star Ben Simmons won’t play on Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets, as he continues to recover from a Grade 1 AC joint sprain in his right shoulder, according to Derek Bodner of The Athletic.
Simmons will be re-evaluated by Sixers doctors on Monday:
Ben Simmons (shoulder) will be out tomorrow against the Hornets, per team source. He continues to progress and will be re-evaluated on Monday. #sixers.
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) November 9, 2019
Simmons suffered the shoulder injury on Wednesday versus the Utah Jazz. He played 10 minutes and finished with two points.
The Sixers, after starting the season 5-0, have lost three straight games.
Simmons is averaging 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game for the Sixers. The lefty is shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 56.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Simmons signed a five-year, $170 million maximum rookie contract extension with the Sixers. Many believe Philly is the favorite to win the Eastern Conference now that Kawhi Leonard is in the Western Conference. While the Sixers lost Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick, they rebounded nicely by signing Al Horford and acquiring Josh Richardson from the Miami Heat in the sign-and-trade deal for Butler.
For the Sixers to win the title in 2019-20, Simmons will have to have some resemblance of a perimeter game. He has yet to hit a 3-pointer. We’ll see how he’s feeling on Monday when he gets re-evaluated.