Ben Simmons Sidelined Again for Nets just after a one-game return.

 Setback for Ben Simmons as Nets Face Challenges

After a promising return to the court, Ben Simmons faced a setback as he missed the Nets’ game against the Suns with a left knee contusion. This comes just after a single game back from a three-month absence due to a nerve impingement in his lower back.

Injury Details:

During Monday’s win over the Jazz, Simmons looked impressive, but in the closing minutes, he landed awkwardly on his left knee while attempting to block a layup. An MRI showed no structural damage, but swelling led to Simmons being labeled “day to day.”

Simmons has a history of left knee problems and had received platelet-rich plasma injections for it last season. His agent, Bernard Lee, reassured that the caution is due to a small irritated spot, and they aim to ensure his full recovery.

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In his brief return, Simmons demonstrated his importance to the team, nearly achieving a triple-double in just 18 minutes. However, the setback highlights ongoing concerns about his durability, with questions about his ability to consistently contribute on the court.

Overall Struggles:

Simmons had missed the entire 2021-22 season, citing mental health struggles and back issues. Since his midseason trade to the Nets in February 2022, he has been available for less than one-third of the regular-season games.

Coach’s Hopeful Outlook:

Despite the challenges, head coach Jacque Vaughn expressed hope that Simmons will overcome the current setback and contribute regularly. He emphasized Simmons’ positive impact on the team when he’s on the court.

Team’s Performance Without Simmons:

The Nets, without Simmons, have faced difficulties and entered the game against the Suns having lost 17 of their last 23 games. Simmons, who is making a significant salary, is seen as crucial to the team’s success.

In summary, Ben Simmons’ setback is a cause for concern for both him and the Nets, raising questions about his long-term availability and the team’s performance without him. The hope is for a quick recovery and consistent contributions from Simmons in the future.

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