Ben Simmons Awaits MRI For Back Injury

The Philadelphia 76ers lost half of their star duo last night when Ben Simmons left the contest early on account of a sore back. Simmons missed the team’s Tuesday night contest with lower back soreness as well.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Simmons will undergo an MRI on Sunday to gauge the severity of the injury but notes that he was emotional after leaving the X-ray room following his exit from the Saturday game.

Simmons has been a dominant force for the Sixers this season and has averaged 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8.2 assists as a 23-year-old.

His health and success is expected to have a major impact on how effective Philadelphia can be in the Eastern Conference.

While Simmons did miss the entire campaign following the 2016 NBA Draft as he recovered from a foot injury, he’s been a durable force ever since. Simmons has played in 54 of 57 games this season and missed just four combined in the previous two.

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