Ben Simmons considering treatment for knee injury
After multiple reports were released yesterday on the status of Ben Simmons' knee injury, the official diagnosis has been reported. First reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, Simmons has subluxation of his left knee cap.
Subluxation is another form of dislocation in the knee. The timetable for an injury like this is typically set around 4-6 weeks to heal. It was also reported that Simmons suffered no ligament damage in this injury, which is very encouraging.
Originally Simmons' status was listed as day-to-day, but that has been changed to out for Friday's game against the Magic. Reports have also stated that the two-time All-Star is considering treatment options, no official return date has been reported.
This situation puts the Sixers in a very difficult position. On one hand they could just shut Simmons down for the rest of the restart and get him healthy for next season, or they could potentially rush him back in order to try and compete for a championship.
Simmons has been the Sixers' top defender on the perimeter all year, losing him is going to leave a huge gap to fill on that side of the ball. Not to mention it was just starting to look like Simmons was reaching a new level on offense as a scorer.
The Sixers are going to need Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris to step up even more now. Brett Brown is going to have to lean on those guys more now as they will be without Simmons for what looks like the foreseeable future.
It is going to take multiple players to fill the hole that Ben Simmons leaves on the floor. Guys like Shake Milton, Al Horford, and Josh Richardson are really going to have to up their games to help Embiid and Harris keep the Sixers competitive until he returns.