The Brooklyn Nets listed Ben Simmons as out for Monday’s fourth game against the Boston Celtics.
The Nets and Simmons expected him to be ready to play, but after coming onto the court on Saturday, Simmons said he woke up with back pain on Sunday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
In the end, the team and Simmons agreed he would be absent for Game 4, sources said.
Simmons has not played an NBA game since June 20 after requesting a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers over the summer. He was dealt to the Nets ahead of the trading deadline but has been struggling with a herniated disc in his back since late February.
Nets coach Steve Nash said after Sunday’s practice he had “no idea” whether or not Simmons would make his season debut on Monday and that it would depend on how Simmons’ back is feeling after the last few days of practice.
For his part, Simmons said Friday he was hopeful of playing at some point in that series and left open the possibility he would play on Monday – but Nash made it clear that Simmons needed to be comfortable before the Nets would put him back on the ground.
The Nets face elimination on Monday as they edge the Celtics 3-0 in the first round.
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/33799973/brooklyn-nets-list-ben-simmons-game-4-vs-boston-celtics Brooklyn Nets lists Ben Simmons as out for Game 4 vs. Boston Celtics