Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons exited the game against Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday at the Fiserv Forum owing to an injury.
Simmons was coming into the game having missed the previous game against Brooklyn Nets with a back injury. Four minutes into the first quarter on Saturday, Simmons’ seemed to have aggravated the injury.
ESPN later reported that Simmons will undergo an MRI on his lower back on Sunday.
Simmons played only four minutes before heading to the locker room when he had registered five points, two rebounds, an assist, and a block.
The Bucks, already a strong unit took full advantage of the fact that the Sixers had lost their starting guard and more so when the Sixers big man Joel Embiid committed four fouls and had to sit on the bench.
“We never got in a rhythm. Losing Ben, then foul trouble, not making shots and some calls that could have gone a different way,” Embiid said after his team’s loss. “But it’s on us.”
It was once again Giannis Antetokounmpo who led the Bucks to a victory. He was the one to take complete advantage of Embiid having to sit out. The Sixers center did not start the third quarter as he had already committed four fouls. Antetokounmpo started the quarter by scoring his team’s first 11 points in the quarter.
The reigning MVP finished with 31 points as the Bucks won the game 119-98.
“We came out the third quarter and played fast,” Antetokounmpo said. “We were able to rebound the ball and just attack them. Joel had four fouls. That worked in our favor. We tried to be aggressive in the third quarter and set the tone.”