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Ben Simmons available Friday vs. Hawks

The Nets guard is back.

Portland Trail Blazers v Brooklyn Nets
Ben Simmons of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles the ball during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 27, 2022 at Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York.
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Update, Dec. 8: Simmons is not on the injury report ahead of Friday’s game against the Hawks, which means he’ll return to the court after missing four games due to knee soreness.

Update, Dec. 6: Simmons plans on returning to the lineup on Friday vs. the Atlanta Hawks. He’s been sidelined since the start of December due to a few injuries. Simmons will end up missing four games during this stretch. The Nets will face the Hornets on Wednesday and are 2-1 without Simmons the past three games.

Wednesday update: Simmons has already been ruled out for Wednesday’s game, and he will miss at least two more games in addition to this contest. However, the interesting bit is Simmons now has a calf strain in addition to his knee soreness. That strain is likely what is sidelining him for the additional games, as knee soreness tends to subside after a few days.

Tuesday update: The Nets have ruled Simmons out for Wednesday’s game against the Wizards with knee soreness.

Update: Simmons is out for the rest of Monday’s game against the Magic with knee soreness. Simmons has been battling knee issues for some time and this is an injury that occasionally flares up, so it’s hard to tell when it can come back. However, given who the impacted player is, there are sure to be some questions as to the extent of the pain Simmons is feeling.

Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons went to the locker room Monday against the Orlando Magic for an undisclosed reason. Simmons didn’t appear to have an injury and didn’t have a designation coming into the game, so this is an odd move.

Since the game is close to halftime, there likely won’t be an update on Simmons until after the break. If he doesn’t come back out due to an injury, look for Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to handle the ball even more than they already do. This could open up some shots for Joe Harris, Seth Curry and Royce O’Neale as well.

Simmons has taken a lot of criticism for his lack of production with the Nets. He’s also taken some heat from those within the organization about his motivation and desire to compete, which has also been called into question by fans and certain sections of the media. Going to the locker room for no reason, and not providing an update, only adds to the speculation and criticism.