Simmons Unavailable For At Least Three More Games

Ben Simmons with 76ers in 2018
Ben Simmons with the 76ers in 2018. Photo by Martin Cole/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock (9315093ad)

The Brooklyn Nets star Ben Simmons will miss at least three more games as he attempts to recover from a left lateral upper calf strain. The swingman has already missed six games this season due to left knee soreness.

Nets coach Jacque Vaughn confirmed that an MRI revealed a new knee issue for Simmons. “It’s the knee, but the back of the knee,” Vaughn stated after the Nets’ 107-113 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. “He was grabbing his knee during the game and said he needed to come out. It ended up being the back of the knee, so it’s the upper part of the calf.”

Simmons left Monday’s 102-109 win over the Orlando Magic early after suffering pain derived from what appeared to be the same knee issue. This comes after the player underwent back surgery during the offseason.

Joining Simmons on the sidelines is Yuta Watanabe, who will miss at least another week as he continues to battle a right hamstring strain. Having last played on November 20, Watanabe’s hopes of a smooth recovery were dashed when an MRI on Monday revealed results “consistent” with the first test.