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The NBA fined the Philadelphia 76ers $25,000 Monday afternoon for violating the league’s injury reporting rules.
After Ben Simmons wasn’t on the injury report Friday, when Philadelphia had half its team in the NBA’s health and safety protocols after Seth Curry tested positive for COVID-19 the day before, the Sixers listed him as out for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Denver Nuggets with swelling in his left knee.
Simmons remains out of the lineup for Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks with the same injury.
League injury reporting rules prohibit players having late, dramatic shifts in availability — such as going from not listed to out, as Simmons did, or vice versa.
Before Saturday’s game, Sixers coach Doc Rivers said the team knew after Thursday’s loss in Brooklyn that Simmons wouldn’t be available.
“Ben, in the Brooklyn game, had some knee stiffness, and so we almost probably knew after the game that he wouldn’t play tonight,” Rivers said.
Rivers said ahead of Monday’s game that he doesn’t believe Simmons’ injury will be a long-term issue and hopes he will play Tuesday against the Miami Heat.
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