Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons suffered a partial dislocation of his left knee during Wednesday’s 107-98 victory over the Washington Wizards and is considering treatment options, the team said on Thursday.
Simmons is listed as out. The Sixers̵
Simmons grabbed a rebound in the middle of the third quarter, then slowly headed down and threw a pass to Al Horford. As the whistle blew to stop him playing, Simmons turned to the Philadelphia bench, bent his left leg and touched his back, then left the court.
He slowly returned to the locker room, where he soon joined Sixers general manager Elton Brand.
Simmons was shown leaving the arena shortly before the last buzzer sounded, dressed in street clothes and walking carefully.
Philadelphia was happy that Simmons returned for the resumption of the NBA season inside the league bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The back injury he suffered on February 22 prevented him from stopping the season on March 11 and left open the possibility for him to miss the playoffs if the season continues as planned.
Instead, Simmons not only returned to the Philadelphia squad in the bubble, but made it to a new position – power forward – as coach Brett Brown replaced Horford in the starting lineup with second-year defender Shake Milton.
Simmons played 23 minutes on Wednesday, finishing with eight points, six rebounds and four assists. The playoffs are scheduled to begin on August 17.