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Ben Simmons to undergo MRI on lower back “amid concerns of an injury”

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After Ben Simmons was listed as probable and then went on to suit up for the Philadelphia 76ers on Satuday evening against the Milwaukee Bucks, it seemed safe to assume fans had nothing to worry about when it came to some lower back tightness for the Sixers’ lead ball handler. Simmons had missed the Sixers’ first game back from the All-Star break (a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday) due to discomfort in his lower back, but hey, sometimes the All-Star break carries over a day or two too long. Unfortunately though, Simmons was and is not back to 100%.

While Simmons started Saturday evening’s loss to the Bucks, he exited the game in the 1st quarter after just four minutes of play as his back was causing too much discomfort out on the floor. And now, what initially sounded like a minor tweak is becoming an injury of much greater concern. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported after the game that Ben Simmons will undergo an MRI on his lower back on Sunday and that sources on scene described Simmons as “emotional upon leaving the X-ray room at the Fiserv Forum late Saturday.”

Amid concerns of an injury, Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons will undergo an MRI on his lower back on Sunday, league sources tell ESPN.

Simmons left the Sixers’ 119-98 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks after tweaking his back in the first quarter. Sources described Simmons as emotional upon leaving the X-ray room at the Fiserv Forum late Saturday.

There is some level of concern surrounding the possible nature of the injury, league sources tell ESPN. A clearer picture is expected after testing on Sunday in Philadelphia.

Adrian Wojnarowski

“Emotional upon leaving the X-ray room” are not words we wanted to read. Losing Simmons for a significant period of time would be a major blow for the Sixers. He’s been at Ironman-levels of durability with the stamina to play 48 minutes if needed. He’s been a motivating force for a team in need of a kick in the ass. All to say nothing of his play, which has not only been stellar but improving as well. That said, our information is limited at this time so we have no real indication of the severity of the injury. For now, we can only hope for encouraging results from the MRI.