Ben Simmons is affected by an irritation of the L-Four disc in his decrease backbone, in keeping with Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. It doesn’t seem he’ll be again any time quickly, however Nets officers are hoping he can play a “couple” of video games earlier than the common season ends.
Simmons acquired an epidural therapy for again ache whereas the crew was in Orlando this week, in keeping with Nick Friedell of ESPN (Twitter hyperlink). Medical doctors hope the injection will assist ease the discomfort and pace up his return to the court docket.
Coach Steve Nash added that there’s nonetheless no timeline for Simmons to start training, because the crew has to see how he responds to the epidural. Nash stated he stays hopeful that Simmons shall be obtainable earlier than the playoffs begin (Twitter hyperlink).
After buying him from the Sixers final month, the Nets initially set Friday’s sport in opposition to the Path Blazers as a goal date for Simmons’ debut, sources inform Shelburne and Wojnarowski. Nevertheless, that grew to become unrealistic as a result of he couldn’t get by greater than a day or two of rehab with out ache affecting his decrease again.
Simmons continues to get therapy and is working to strengthen the affected space, the authors add. He has accomplished some basketball actions in a 1-on-Zero setting, however nothing extra.
Nash admitted over the weekend that Simmons nonetheless isn’t prepared for 1-on-1 video games and has an extended approach to go earlier than progressing to a 5-on-5 setting. The Nets have 13 video games left within the season and at 36-33 try to climb into sixth place to keep away from the play-in event.