Ben Simmons is in doubt for another game due to a mysterious back issue that hampered his last appearance against Orlando.
The Australian NBA star left the home game against the Magic early in the first quarter with back tightness that 76ers coach Brett Brown later said had been a complaint pre-game.
It’s now been reported that since that game Simmons did not take part in team practice and is questionable to play in Philadelphia’s next fixture against Detroit tomorrow.
“He’s progressing. He did not go through practice today,” Brown said.
“I believe our club will put out more information later, but he’s progressing.”
The 76ers are yet to officially confirm whether or not he will sit out the Pistons game.
“I don’t think anything really changes,” 76ers guard Markelle Fultz told media in response to a question about how Simmons’ absence against the Pistons would affect the team.
“Me at the one starting it off and trying to run this team [maybe], but my mindset is still the same.”
Meanwhile fellow Aussie Aron Baynes is also facing an injury setback, missing at least one Boston Celtics game with a hamstring injury. Boston have confirmed on Twitter that Baynes won’t play against Orlando on Tuesday (AEDT) due to a sore hamstring.
Baynes started in the Celtics’ win over the New York Knicks on Sunday but left the game early in the second period and did not return.
“I don’t have any update on it,” Boston coach Brett Stevens said in his post-match press conference. “Hamstrings are scary to me.”
Baynes scored 10 points in 11 first-half minutes against the Knicks and has averaged 15 minutes per game early this season.
Simmons played 43 and 34 minutes in the 76ers’ first two games of the season with their third game coming just five days after their first.
Their next game is at home to the unbeaten Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
– with AAP