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Sixers G Simmons scheduled to undergo MRI on back

Field Level Media

February 23, 2020 at 7:12 am.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons is scheduled to have an MRI on his aching back, which has prompted concern in the organization about the possibility of a more serious injury, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Simmons aggravated his back injury midway into the first quarter of Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. He was “emotional” after leaving the X-ray room in the Bucks’ arena, and team officials are waiting for MRI results before determining next steps, Wojnarowski reported.

Simmons winced in pain after going up for a layup. He exited the contest and immediately retreated to the locker room. The Bucks went on to win 119-98.

The 23-year-old recorded 17 points and six rebounds in the All-Star Game before sitting out the 76ers’ 112-104 overtime victory versus visiting Brooklyn on Thursday with a balky back.

Simmons, who was the top overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, entered Saturday’s game averaging 16.9 points, 8.3 assists, 7.9 rebounds and a league-best 2.2 steals this season.