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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Ben Simmons to undergo evaluation for back injury, miss at least one game

Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons left the floor early in the Philadelphia 76ers’ loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, and the back injury he suffered is going to cost him at least one game.

Simmons underwent an initial evaluation on his back injury in Philly on Sunday and is scheduled to have more tests, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. He won’t play in Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.

The Sixers have some easy games coming up against the Hawks, New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers, but they play the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers after that. They may choose to play it safe with Simmons over the next several days even if it is determined that the back injury is minor.

Simmons is averaging 16.7 points 8.2 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game this season. There has been some talk recently about him having issues with Joel Embiid, but Embiid shot that down on multiple occasions.

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