Ben Simmons’ Back Injury Could Be Serious: Report

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Getty Sixers guard Ben Simmons scored 17 points in a losing effort against Miami in Philadelphia.

Ben Simmons left Saturday’s contest against the Bucks with a lower back injury. It’s unclear how long the Philadelphia 76ers will be without Simmons, as he’ll continue to undergo testing.

Sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that there is “some level of concern” surrounding the nature of the injury.

Simmons only played five minutes in Saturday’s contest vs. the Bucks. He missed Thursday’s contest against the Nets with the ailment and he’s already been ruled out for Monday’s game with the Hawks.

The 23-year-old is averaging 16.7 points per game while shooting 58.5% from the field. He’s dishing out 8.2 assists per game and grabbing 7.8 rebounds.

Simmons may have injured his back in the All-Star game, as he suited up in the contest earlier in the month. However, that has not been confirmed by the team.

Bucks Too Much For Sixers Without Simmons

The Milwaukee Bucks took down the Philadelphia on Saturday night, dominating the team by a score of 119-98. Just days after Joel Embiid declared himself the best player in the world.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had the better game, scoring 31 points while adding 17 rebounds and eight assists. The Greek Freak didn’t mind Joel talking earlier in the week.

“At the end of the day, I feel like Joel is a great guy. Obviously, when I go on the court, I’m going to go as hard as I can, but off the court, I like him. I like his personality; he’s a down-to-earth guy,” Antetokounmpo said of Embiid (via ESPN). “We were good teammates in the All-Star Game. But at the end of the day, every player in the NBA should feel like he’s the best player. Like who am I to tell him he’s not the best player in the world? Who are we to tell him that he’s not the best player in the world?

“Everybody should feel that way. But at the end of the day, you’ve got to go on the court, and if you feel that way, you’ve got to show it; so there’s nothing wrong with Joel feeling like he’s the best player in the world.”

Giannis is the heavy favorite to win the MVP award this season. He won the award last year and could be on track to become the 12th player ever to take home back-to-back honors.

Former Players Not Thrilled With Embiid Talking

Former players are not keen on Embiid being so vocal, as our own Landon Buford relays. Shaquille O’Neal was among the former players to criticize the big man recently.

“When you go 1 for 10, it ain’t your coach’s fault, it ain’t your teammates’ fault, it’s your fault, period,” Shaq said.

NBA legend Oscar Robertson had much to say about Embiid. He also thought the team didn’t make the right moves in the offseason.

“They should have kept that shooter [JJ Redick] that they sent to New Orleans and got another like him because they are inside too much that big center stays inside they are going to be in trouble,” Robertson said.

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