While he was to start in the jersey of Brooklyn this Monday against Boston, Ben Simmons must finally give up. On the side of Philadelphia, the superstar Joel Embiid will play until the end of the season with a torn thumb ligament.
Will Ben Simmons play this season with Brooklyn? The chances are getting smaller and smaller. Arrived on February 10 as part of an exchange with James Harden, who left for Philadelphia, the 25-year-old Australian point guard, who has long been sidelined due to a back injury, should have made his return during the Game 4 of the first round of the play-offs against Boston this Monday.
A game that could be the Nets’ last of the season, with the Celtics already leading 3-0. But Simmons (15.9pts, 8.1rbds, 7.7pds career average) had to forfeit, for some unknown reason. It remains to be seen if he will be fit for a possible Game 5 on Wednesday in Boston, or if his season is definitely over before it has even started. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, the two other stars of the franchise, will therefore have to give everything this Monday to have at least a chance to play a match with the Australian.
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On the Philadelphia side, everything is going well in this first round of the play-offs, with a score of 3-1 against Toronto, before Game 5 on Monday in Pennsylvania. But a shadow is taking shape over the 76ers, with the announcement of the tearing of a tendon in the right thumb of superstar Joel Embiid, who has 26 points and 11.8 rebounds since the start of the play-offs and offered victory to his team at the buzzer in Game 3 in Canada, after overtime.
But the 76ers coach Doc Rivers announced on Sunday that the Cameroonian pivot, in the running for the title of MVP alongside Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo, would play until the end of the season despite this injury and then have surgery. “The only thing we know is that it shouldn’t get worse,” reassured the coach.