Monday, April 25, 2022

Ben Simmons ruled out for Game 4 vs. Celtics

With the Brooklyn Nets on the brink of elimination, don't count Ben Simmons to come and lend his services, as the veteran point guard has officially been ruled out for Game 4.

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.

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.

On Sunday, when the media walked into the Nets practice, Simmons, Kyrie Irving were nowhere to be found, while Kevin Durant was seen walking out the moment reporters entered. 

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.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of The Associated Press

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