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Ben Simmons’ Nets return did not go well as knee concern lingers



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Ben Simmons returned to the courtroom for the Nets’ 116-112 loss to the Suns after lacking 5 straight video games with left knee soreness. It didn’t go swimmingly.

He completed with simply two factors, six assists and 4 turnovers in 26:30. He shook off a twisted ankle, however acknowledged his knee goes to be an ongoing situation he’ll must handle.

“It’s been a course of simply getting again on the market and looking for some rhythm. … But it surely felt good. Simply give to the workforce any manner I can,” stated Simmons, who twisted his ankle making an attempt to protect middle Deandre Ayton in the midst of the second quarter. “Its sore, however I’ll be positive.”

Simmons, who checked out with 4:47 left within the second, completed the sport however was strolling with a limp afterwards. He stated he hopes it doesn’t swell up.

Nets guard Ben Simmons (10) drives against the Suns' Devin Booker on Feb. 7, 2023.
Nets guard Ben Simmons (10) drives towards the Suns’ Devin Booker on Feb. 7, 2023.

“It’s just a little swollen, however I’m proud of an ankle sprain over something with the knee or again,” stated Simmons. “So I’ll take this over anything”

That anything is his knee flaring up, one thing that he admits is said to the herniated disk that stored him out all final season.

“Undoubtedly, positively. I’ve obtained to remain on [the knee]. I nonetheless have a protracted technique to go when it comes to bodily self and getting the place I have to be. That can take time,” stated Simmons, calling it one thing he should handle. “Yeah remedy, staying on high of it, weights, Pilates. A complete bunch [of stuff].

Nets guard Ben Simmons dribbles during a game against the Suns on Feb. 7, 2023.
Nets guard Ben Simmons dribbles throughout a sport towards the Suns on Feb. 7, 2023.
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“Again surgical procedure shouldn’t be a lightweight factor so it takes time. Again surgical procedure you’re affected in every single place. Your knees. So it’s simply one thing I gotta keep on high of. I’ve been saying it from the beginning. There’s gonna be ups and downs. … I’m not gonna be the identical participant I used to be a couple of years in the past. That’s gonna take time to get again.”