Despite initial reports that Simmons was targeting a return against the Celtics while he was rehabbing from a herniated disk, he woke up with back soreness Sunday -- according to ESPN's Adrian Wojanarowski.
ESPN Sources: The Nets and Ben Simmons expected he would be ready to play on Monday, but after getting on the court yesterday Simmons says he awoke with back soreness today. In the end, the team and Simmons agreed he'll remain out for Game 4.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 24, 2022
Simmons has not played an NBA game since June 20, 2021 with the Philadelphia 76ers, before requesting a trade during the summer and being moved along with Seth Curry and Andre Drummond at the February deadline for James Harden.
No sign of Ben Simmons or Kyrie Irving. Kevin Durant walked off the floor when media came into practice. pic.twitter.com/wME4JIBBRi— Kristian Winfield #NFTAllStar (@Krisplashed) April 24, 2022
The Nets will host the Celtics at Barclays Center in an elimination Game 4 Monday night, with tip-off set for 7:00 ET on TNT.
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