Ben Simmons suffers fresh injury blow as things get even worse for stuttering Sixers

The Philadelphia 76ers needed everything to go right in the NBA’s Orlando bubble if they wanted to realistically challenge for the title.

But three games into the restart, things are looking far from ideal.

And it got even worse on Thursday (AEST), despite a 107-98 win over the Washington Wizards, as Ben Simmons went down the tunnel with a left knee injury in the third quarter after grabbing an offensive rebound.

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According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the early indications are “encouraging”, with Simmons experiencing no swelling or pain after leaving the court.

He was pictured limping out of the locker room at the end of the game.

Ben Simmons leaving arena after injuring his left knee and not returning to the game

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With only five games left for the Sixers before the playoffs begin, and team chemistry far from perfect, Simmons’ injury is just another obstacle to overcome.

“We don’t know,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said post-game as he addressed the Simmons injury.

Brown, who admitted he was “curious” to find out, said the team would make an announcement soon.

The Australian, who suffered a back injury earlier this season, finished with just eight points (2-10 FG), six rebounds, and four assists in his 22 minutes.

Philadelphia dropped their opening game in Orlando to the Indiana Pacers, before squeezing past the San Antonio Spurs in a game Simmons fouled out. Against Washington, the game was much closer than it should have been.

The Sixers trailed deep into the third quarter, before taking control, and hanging on to move to 2-1 in the bubble.

Joel Embiid scored 18 of his game-high 29 points in the second half as the sixth seed Sixers moved to 41-27 on the season.

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Originally published asKocked for Six! Simmons suffers fresh injury blow

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