Nets hopeful Simmons plays before playoffs

Ben Simmons hasn’t seen sport motion since June 20 final 12 months, when the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in Sport 7 of the Jap Convention semifinals.

Since traded to Brooklyn, Simmons has but to make his debut in a Nets uniform however coach Steve Nash stated he’s “extraordinarily hopeful” the All-Star guard will play earlier than the common season ends.

Simmons sat out the season in Philadelphia, ready for the 76ers to commerce him. Now, he is dealing with a again damage.

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“He is simply doing his rehab, strengthening,” Nash informed reporters on Tuesday.

“We’re nonetheless doing that facet of issues moderately than court docket work proper now.”

The Nets acquired Simmons on the commerce deadline on February 10 together with Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks, with James Harden and Paul Millsap becoming a member of the 76ers.

The expectation was that he would have made his debut by now, however the again challenge has restricted Simmons up to now few weeks.

“The largest factor we have tried to do is to have him be concerned in every thing,” Nash stated.

“The travelling is the one caveat the place generally you are weighing the cost-benefit of him on airplanes and buses and totally different beds.

“When he is with us we wish him in each assembly, in each walkthrough, in each movie session, no matter it might be so he is across the group.

“We would love for him to journey, be with the crew on a regular basis, however we have now to weigh that state of affairs as properly.”

Simmons isn’t in Orlando, the place the Nets will face the Magic on Tuesday evening.

The Nets can definitely use the 25-year-old over their last 14 common season video games.

At 35-33, they’re in eighth place within the Jap Convention and pegged for the play-in event if the season ended now.

They’re 4 video games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for the ultimate assured playoff spot.

Guard Goran Dragic, one other latest Nets acquisition, stated his teammates will welcome having Simmons on the court docket.

“As a result of then you definately get one other weapon, one other defender, one other rebounder, so it will be even higher,” Dragic stated.

“In fact we want him all the perfect and he can come again fast and assist us.”

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