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Ben Simmons injury update: Nets star out Wednesday vs. Wizards due to knee soreness

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Brooklyn Nets star Ben Simmons will not play against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night due to knee pain, the team announced on Tuesday. Simmons pulled out of the Nets’ win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night due to an issue and did not return to the game.

According to Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn, Simmons was out for good with 9:03 left in the second quarter and apparently asked to be pulled from the game.

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“He had a pain in his left knee, that same knee. He asked me to take him out of the game.” Vaughn said after the game. “We will check on him day by day, see how he reacts to a little treatment, see how it looks. [Tuesday].”

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Simmons has already missed several games with knee pain this season, and Vaughn noted that the increased workload is likely the cause of the ongoing problem.

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“He hasn’t had this many games in a long time,” Vaughn said. “We were warned about this as soon as these games started to take shape. It really stretches him out in the number of games we’ve just played given the minutes he’s played.”

Due to a dispute with the Philadelphia 76ers and a herniated disc in his back after joining the Nets, which later required surgery, Simmons did not play in the NBA for 16 months before dressing for this season’s premiere. The long break, combined with some injuries, made the Nets wary of him. He was moved to the bench at some point during the season and often played limited minutes.

However, as his game improved in recent weeks, he was brought back into the starting line-up and played important minutes on a regular basis. During the 11-day period from November 17 to 27, he played at least 32 minutes in six consecutive games. Monday’s match against the Magic, which took place for the second night in a row, seemed to be a game-changer.

Simmons’ return to the touchline will be disappointing news for both him and the team. This month, he had the best basketball of his time with the Nets, with 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies among outstanding performances. With the return of Kyrie Irving to the Nets, they have won five of their last seven games and are back to .500 at 11–11.

The good news is that Simmons doesn’t seem to be bothered by the long-term problem and should be back on the floor in a game or two.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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