Ben Simmons has been ruled out of the Brooklyn Nets game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Simmons recently made a brief comeback after a protracted hiatus due to pain and swelling in his left knee. After sitting out Brooklyn’s first four games, the 26-year-old participated in the team’s final three.
Prior to the game, the Nets did not mention Simmons on their injury report, but they downgraded him to questionable before announcing his absence 30 minutes before the game. This occurs as Brooklyn completes a back-to-back with a victory over the Clippers on Saturday, during which Simmons played 14 minutes.
Brooklyn only mentioned swelling and soreness when describing the 26-year-persistent old’s knee problem. In his last three games, Simmons played off the bench.
The three-time All-Star has had a difficult start to the season as he recovers from offseason back surgery and battles the knee issue. Simmons has only attempted 5.0 shots per game on average, averaging 5.2 points while offensively appearing visibly hesitant. The Australian only attempted two shots on Saturday’s victory.
In nine games with Brooklyn this season, Ben Simmons has not come close to approaching his former muscular self. The late scratch on Sunday raises greater concerns about the future condition of his knee.