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Ben Simmons: Philadelphia 76ers All-Star out against Denver Nuggets with left knee swelling

The Philadelphia 76ers will be without Ben Simmons when they take on the Denver Nuggets on Saturday afternoon due to left knee swelling.

According to ESPN's Tim Bontemps, 76ers head coach Doc Rivers revealed before the game that Simmons had knee stiffness during the team's loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. While Simmons was not mentioned on Friday's injury report, Rivers said that they "almost knew" Simmons wouldn't play.

Simmons has played in all nine of Philadelphia's games this season, posting averages of 13.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per contest. He's helped the 76ers jump out to a 7-2 start, giving them the best record in the NBA.

In addition to Simmons, the 76ers will be without 11 more players against the Nuggets, including Seth Curry, Tobias Harris and Danny Green due to Health and Safety Protocols, as well as Joel Embiid due to back tightness.

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