76ers' Simmons ruled out Tuesday due to back
7:53 PM ET
DETROIT — Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons will miss Monday night’s game against Detroit with lower back tightness, after being downgraded from doubtful earlier Tuesday. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown wouldn’t rule Simmons out, though, for Wednesday night at Milwaukee.
“He didn’t feel as comfortable as we would have wanted,” Brown said. “It was just one of those things that with a back-to-back game, we’re giving him the best chance we can give him to possibly play tomorrow.
“We felt like it’s wise to sit him tonight.”
Brown said prior to Tuesday night’s game against Detroit that he doesn’t believe Simmons’ injury will be something the franchise will have to monitor long-term. Simmons, who was the league’s Rookie of the Year last season, left Saturday’s game against Orlando with a tight back.
Brown did not immediately know who would replace Simmons, who is averaging 12 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists this season, in the starting lineup.
With Simmons out, Detroit coach Dwane Casey said he doesn’t expect much drop-off because of the depth the Sixers have.
“They still have [Joel] Embiid, they have [Robert] Covington, they have J.J. Redick,” Casey said. “It does take away one