Ben Simmons, who never played last season, is now He took the field for the third time this season with pain in his left knee..
Now the questions for the Nets are: How much time will it miss? How often will it continue to happen? And how will they adapt again without it?
Simmons, who was injured and barred from the Nets’ victory over the Magic with 9:03 left on Monday with 9:03 left to play, has been officially excluded from the game against the visiting Wizards. This will be the sixth game he has missed this season.
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“So there was some pain in the left knee, same knee. He was asked to withdraw from the game,” said coach Jacque Vaughn, who did not expect more appearances on the 26-year-old All-Star’s knee.
«We’re going to check on him every day, see how he reacts with some treatment, see how he looks.»
The Nets gave no details on whether or when Simmons has had an MRI exam. Simmons’ representative, Rich Paul, did not respond to text messages or phone messages.
After missing last season with both mental health issues and a bad back, Simmons, who was bought by the Nets in a trade that sent James Harden to the 76ers on Feb. 10, underwent a microdiscectomy procedure in May to repair an L-hernia. 4 discs. He has since revealed that he also had nerve damage.
Now, the side effects of this injury on his right and the tension of returning to the game full-time are having a predictable effect on his left.
«More than anything else, it’s the buildup of games,» Vaughn said, referring to the impact the NBA grind had on Simmons.
“He hasn’t accumulated this many games in a long time.
“[We] I spoke to the performance team about this. We were warned about this just as these games were starting to increase. As his total load starts to build up, the amount of games we play along with the minutes he plays sometimes really stretches him out.»
Unfortunately, the Nets are getting used to playing without Simmons.
A knee problem cost him four games in a row from October 31 to November 5 and a loss to the Lakers on November 13.
«We should play smaller,» said Kevin Durant.
«He’s one of our biggest.
«We have to play a little bit faster and all of us have to do a good job of getting gang rebounds and doing the little things while he’s gone. So we trained with him not being in the lineup and we were able to sort things out.»
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Simmons’ recent absence was both brief and ultimately beneficial.
Prior to that game with the Lakers, Simmons averaged 5.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists—all career lows—and was the team’s worst minus 43. But since his return, Simmons had found his best form as a Net.
In the seven games leading up to Monday, Simmons averaged 13.6 points and finished second-plus-29 Nets. 7.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals were team records. Simmons finished scoreless with four rebounds and three assists in 11:24 against the Magic.
Nets can hope that the problem is not chronic and that this last rest will be as productive as the previous one.
«Health is the number one priority, so we want him to do his best,» said Kyrie Irving.
“I’m glad that our medical team, our coaching team, and he all agreed that we should all sit down in the second half and save him for the games that matter in the future … games where we will need him the most.
“But when he’s not out, we don’t have a quarterback, a quarterback who can initiate easy opportunities, push the ball in the pass; so we will definitely miss him on the roster. hope it comes back [soon]but if he’s dealing with it, we want him to be as healthy as possible and we’ll figure it out.
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