Ben Simmons' Injury Status, Expected Timetable Revealed
By Jason Hall
November 30, 2022
Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons is reportedly "expected to miss a few games" due to a muscle strain in his leg, sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to the Athletic's Shams Charania on Wednesday (November 30).
"Nets star Ben Simmons has a muscle strain in his leg and is expected to miss a few games, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium," Charania tweeted. "Simmons has battled through ailments the past few weeks, most recently soreness/swelling in knee, and was in the midst of his best play this season."
Simmons exited Monday's (November 28) win against the Orlando Magic in the second quarter due to what was initially reported to be "left knee soreness," according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.
Nets star Ben Simmons has a muscle strain in his leg and is expected to miss a few games, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Simmons has battled through ailments the past few weeks, most recently soreness/swelling in knee, and was in the midst of his best play this season.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 30, 2022
Simmons finished Monday's game with zero points, four rebounds and three assists in 12 minutes of action.
Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn told reporters that Simmons was dealing with some discomfort in his knee when he exited Monday's game.
"We'll check him day by day, see how he responds with a little treatment," Vaughn said at the time via ESPN.
The former No. 1 overall pick had previously missed six games earlier in the 2022-23 NBA season due to leg issues, but Vaughn said he didn't think Simmons' latest injury wasn't related to the one he'd dealt with over the summer.
"No, I think more so than anything the accumulation of games," Vaughn said via ESPN. "He hasn't had this amount of accumulation of games over a period of a long time. Talked to the performance team about that. We were warned about that just as these games start to add up.
"His cumulative load as that begins to add up, it's really stretching him sometimes the amount of games we've just had with the minutes that he's played pretty high going into tonight's game."
Simmons has averaged 10.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists during the month of November, having returned to the Nets' lineup after being ruled out for the team's November 13 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.