Nets Injury Report: Ben Simmons’ Latest Update after a Scary Fall vs Jazz in 1st Game Back

Published 01/31/2024, 7:07 PM EST

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Ben Simmons, after a two-month hiatus, made an eagerly anticipated return to the NBA, only to encounter an unexpected setback. The Brooklyn Nets, gearing up for a clash with the Phoenix Suns, initially deemed Simmons as probable for the game. However, that optimism was short-lived as Simmons, who fell awkwardly after a crucial block against the Utah Jazz, was soon ruled out. As the Nets secured a win, Simmons downplayed the seriousness of the incident. He casually claimed that it was nothing more than an awkward fall, asserting that he felt good.

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Now, the Nets’ head coach Jacque Vaughn delivers the latest update on Simmons’ condition. He revealed that an MRI showed no structural damage. Despite the initial disappointment of Simmons being unavailable for the upcoming game, there is a silver lining as he is now considered day-to-day for future appearances.

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In his return against the Jazz, Ben Simmons had an immediate impact while playing just 18 minutes. He garnered 10 points on 5-5 shooting. Moreover, he orchestrated 11 assists and grabbed 8 rebounds. One of his sidelining incidents came when he landed awkwardly, with one leg reaching for the floor and another leg on the Jazz player. Even though he appeared to be fine, it sparked yet another knee trouble. Simmons has faced similar knee troubles in the previous season. He underwent the draining of fluid from the same knee and platelet-rich plasma injections in both February and November of 2023.

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With just seven games under his belt this season, Simmons has been making every minute count. He is averaging 7 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 7.3 assists in under 30 minutes. Remarkably, he is shooting near 60% throughout.

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Ben Simmons still has a lot to offer on the court

Known for his history of grappling with injuries, Ben Simmons has been out for the majority of the season. However, during the game against Utah, the Nets staff was in awe regarding his ability to inject a heightened energy within the squad. Within seconds of starting the game, he set the pace by pushing the tempo and assisting on a quick 3-pointer. Minutes later, he extended his mark by swatting an offensive loose ball to Cam Thomas, resulting in yet another three-pointer.

In just 18 minutes, he flirted with a triple-double. In a league overflowing with offensive talents, the game’s focus is shifting towards defense and playmaking. Simmons’ brief yet impactful performance underscored the unique skills he brings to the table. Standing at 6’10” with guard-like on-ball skills and a pass-first mentality, Simmons offers a lot more than simply scoring.

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While Simmons’ immediate impact raised questions about the Jazz’s overall defense, fans are delighted to witness a more confident version of Ben Simmons. This newfound confidence aligns with what he had claimed in a pre-season interview with Andscape. However, it will only come to fruition if he maintains his availability on the court.

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