Philadelphia 76ers star guard Ben Simmons will leave the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando to have surgery on his injured knee.
Simmons went to the locker room on the August 5th game against the Wizards midway through the third quarter because of an injury that was diagnosed as a subluxation of the left knee cap.
The Sixers sent the following statement:
“After consultation with the 76ers medical staff and several specialists, Ben Simmons will undergo surgery in the coming days to remove a loose body in his left knee.”
The 76ers are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and they would likely face the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.
Ben Simmons is a talented and versatile weapon and now he will probably miss the rest of the season. Simmons was averaging 16.4 points, 8.0 assists, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 35.4 minutes over 57 games.
“I feel for him,” 76ers head coach Brett Brown said. “We don’t know what ultimately is going to happen, but if people really understood, he hurt his back in a serious way in Milwaukee, and to go through everything that he’s been through, he looks physically different than what he did in March.
He really has worked physically to come back stronger. To get his back rehab, to have a cardio base, to have a physical condition, he had to have done a lot for me to have seen what I’ve seen so I feel bad for him that this situation has happened after all of the hard work that he’s put in.”
Simmons was moved to the power forward spot for the NBA restart and now the Sixers’ offensive focus will turn to their star center Joel Embiid.
Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineup Without Ben Simmons
C: Joel Embiid
PF: Al Horford
SF: Tobias Harris
SG: Josh Richardson
PG: Shake Milton
Without Ben Simmons (plus-2.3 Defensive Box Plus/Minus), the Sixers will suffer significantly on defense.
As for the team’s offense, not having Simmons (plus-1.2 Offensive Box Plus/Minus) means that they will surround Joel Embiid with shooters. The idea is that this will give Embiid enough room to operate around the basket.
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