Reports began surfacing Thursday afternoon that Ben Simmons may not suit up against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday evening due to back tightness.
According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Simmons has officially been ruled out.
The #Sixers PG reported some some discomfort at yesterday's practice and received treatment. He woke up this morning and was still experiencing discomfort. He received more treatment at the team's practice facility. https://t.co/aA10MNU8CV— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) February 20, 2020
Pompey notes that Simmons first began experiencing discomfort on Wednesday afternoon after practice. Simmons then went through treatment but his ailment lingers.
Starting in Simmons’ place could be Al Horford if the Sixers simply bump everyone up a spot in the rotation, or it could Matisse Thybulle (maybe even Alec Burks?) if Brett Brown wishes to continue the one-game trend of bringing Al Horford off the bench.
In somewhat related news, Kyrie Irving is being shut down for the remainder of the season to undergo shoulder surgery.