Australian NBA star Ben Simmons has avoided serious injury after scans on his left knee came back clear following a setback during Thursday’s 107-98 win over the Washington Wizards.
Simmons put a scare through the 76ers camp when he exited the game with a left knee scare in the third quarter after grabbing an offensive rebound.
Despite being seen limping off the court, early indications on his injury were encouraging with no swelling and pain.
These initial positives proved to be correct with an MRI scan later clearing Simmons of a serious injury.
The Melbourne-born power forward is expected to be day-to-day, placing him in doubt for Philadelphia’s next game against Orlando on Saturday from 8.30am.
After missing the final eight games of the season before the NBA was stopped amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Simmons has endured a slow start since action resumed, experiencing foul trouble in games against the Pacers and Spurs.
He managed just eight points, six rebounds and four assists while shooting 2/10 from the field against the Wizards in 23 minutes before exiting the game.
Joel Embiid again led Philly as it improved to 2-1 since the restart, scoring 30 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.