There's trouble hanging over Philadelphia this week. Expectations were high from the Philadelphia 76ers heading into the game against Eastern Conference leaders Milwaukee Bucks, especially after that win against the Brooklyn Nets. The Sixers, however, suffered a telling defeat against the Bucks, succumbing 119-98 at the Fiserv Forum this past weekend. The Ben Simmons injury was among the biggest stories coming out of Wisconsin over the weekend. The Ben Simmons injury is likely to leave the two-time All-Star out of action for the Hawks vs 76ers game this week.
After lower back injury on Saturday, Ben Simmons underwent initial evaluation in Philadelphia today and will undergo further testing tomorrow, league sources tell ESPN. He will be out for Monday's game vs. Atlanta.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 23, 2020
The Ben Simmons injury all but condemned the Sixers to defeat against the NBA-leading Bucks. The 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year was forced out in the first quarter of the game against Milwaukee Bucks last weekend. The Ben Simmons injury story saw the Sixers center undergo a test on his lower back to determine the extent of his injury. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the 'Is Ben Simmons playing tonight' story is bound to go on for a while.
The 'Is Ben Simmons playing tonight' question was asked by Sixers fans even before the game against the Brooklyn Nets. While earlier being listed as a doubt, the two-time All-Star settled the 'Is Ben Simmons playing tonight' question by featuring in the overtime win against the Nets. However, the back soreness from before the Nets game now seems to have come to the fore. For the game against the Atlanta Hawks, the 'Is Ben Simmons playing tonight' story is unlikely to have a positive response.
Amid concern, Sixers star Ben Simmons will undergo further testing on his lower back Sunday. https://t.co/LlQXCI8e23— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 23, 2020
With the 'Is Ben Simmons playing tonight' story likely to do the rounds for the next couple of games, the onus has now shifted to Ben Simmons' return date. Following the MRI on his back, Sixers fans have been posing the "When is Ben Simmons coming back" question to reporters. However, the only confirmation coming out of the 'Is Ben Simmons playing tonight' story is that the Sixers center will most certainly miss the game against the Atlanta Hawks.