Ben Simmons suffers ankle sprain vs. Cavs
The Philadelphia 76ers were hoping to make a statement this evening in perhaps their biggest game of the year against the high-powered Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately, they could not keep up with the reigning Eastern Conference champs in the second half and wound up losing handily, 113-91.
Even worse, rookie phenom Ben Simmons was forced to leave the game early with an ankle injury. It should be noted that the Sixers point guard already missed the team’s previous game as he nursed an injured elbow.
According to Kyle Neubeck of the PhillyVoice, Simmons suffered a right ankle sprain during the blowout loss to the Cavs.
Ben Simmons has a right ankle sprain and will not return.
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) November 28, 2017
It was the cherry on top of a terrible night for Ben Simmons. His stellar play this year created plenty of hype for his first showdown with superstar LeBron James. However, the former No. 1 pick fell vastly short of the expectations after finishing with just 10 points and two assists.
Although he managed to somewhat salvage his night with eight rebounds and three steals, it likely was not the first impression he wanted to make on “The King” — who he has already drawn comparisons too. It now remains to be seen what kind of timetable the Sixers set for Simmons moving forward.