Ben Simmons of the Brooklyn Nets will miss a few games due to a leg muscle strain, according to a report citing reliable sources. It was rumored earlier this week that he will miss Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards due to knee pain.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that Simmons will not participate in the upcoming games. In recent weeks, the guard has struggled with leg issues, which has forced him to acquire a muscular strain. It was also responsible for his knee pain and Swelling.
On Monday, during the Nets’ final game against the Orlando Magic, who won 109-102, Simmons barely played 11 minutes before leaving the court. The Australian guard grabbed four boards and dished out three assists. Simmons will miss his sixth game of the season during Tuesday’s clash with the Wizards.
Nets star Ben Simmons has a muscle strain in his leg and is expected to miss a few games, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Simmons has battled through ailments the past few weeks, most recently soreness/swelling in knee, and was in the midst of his best play this season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 30, 2022
He is one of the team’s most consistent players in terms of availability, despite missing games. The three-time All-Star has averaged 8.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 5.8 assists in 17 games. He is still not trying 3-pointers, but he is becoming more aggressive in his attacks on the goal.
Playing Ben Simmons at the center was beneficial for the Nets
Ben Simmons has played great for the Nets this season. Simmons’ progressive development has been noted, despite the fact that he has not been able to duplicate his performances with the Philadelphia 76ers. His growth includes serving as a backup center.
This is not his permanent secondary position, although he has been the man in the center for extended times. November 20 versus the Memphis Grizzlies was a significant game in which he played longer at the center position.
As a result of Nic Claxton‘s absence due to a personal problem, coach Jacque Vaughn decided to start Simmons at the five position. He was outmatched defensively by Grizzlies center Steven Adams. Throughout the league, he is generally recognized as one of the strongest players, and he demonstrated this.
Adams was scoring with ease and dominating the former No. 1 overall choice in the ring. Simmons contributed to his team’s 127-115 victory with 22 points, eight rebounds, and five assists on the offensive end. In addition to being a much-needed victory, this was also Kyrie Irving’s first game back following suspension.
Simmons shot 11 of 13 from the field and performed admirably throughout the game. Although playing him at center won’t be a long-term solution for the club, it may be a viable alternative when the Nets are struggling.
They are presently 11-11 and have gotten the momentum they so desperately required.