Philadelphia 76ers announce that All Star point guard Ben Simmons will be out until at least April as he continues to recover from a lower back injury.
The Philadelphia 76ers will be without All Star point guard Ben Simmons for the foreseeable future as he continues to recover from a nerve impingement in his lower back. Simmons suffered the injury during the opening minutes of the Sixers' loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on February 22nd.
The team announced on Wednesday that Simmons will miss at least three more weeks before being reevaluated, and they have not provided a timeline for his return.
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With the exception of the few minutes Simmons played against Milwaukee on February 22nd, the Sixers have been without the 23-year old star ever since the All Star break. During that time, the team has gone 4-5 and dropped to sixth in the Eastern Conference with an overall record of 38-26. If the season ended today, they'd be looking at a first round matchup against the Boston Celtics.
The Sixers will kick off a four-game home stand tonight against the Detroit Pistons, followed by games against the Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors. Even if Simmons is given the green light to return immediately after he is reevaluated in three weeks, there will be just seven games remaining on the Sixers' regular season schedule.
In his 54 appearances this season, Simmons is averaging 16.9 points, 8.3 assists and 7.9 rebounds per game.