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Sixers vs. Bucks: Ben Simmons to be listed as probable

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Ben Simmons was not active during the Philadelphia 76ers’ overtime win against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night due lower back tightness. The timing of the injury was a bit surprising, given that the Sixers hadn’t yet resumed play from the All-Star break and there was no mention of a Simmons injury following his participation in the All-Star game, leaving the nature of the injury unclear. Now though, fans can rest a bit easier, as it sounds like Simmons is already nearing a return to play.

According to Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice, Ben Simmons will be listed as probable on the injury report for the Sixers’ game Saturday against the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks.

If Simmons is ready to return, his timing couldn’t be better. The Sixers will need all the help they can get if they want to pull out a statement win against the Bucks. That’s just the short term.

Looking down the line, the Sixers now have just 26 games remaining before the playoffs and have yet again found themselves in a position of having to refigure out how to optimize their rotation and chemistry. In addition to the trade deadline acquisitions of Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks, Al Horford’s move to the bench gives the Sixers some new look lineups to work through. To do so, everybody has to stay healthy.