Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons exited Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks early in the first quarter.
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The Aussie, who missed the 76ers' last game against the Brooklyn Nets with lower back tightness, appeared to re-aggravate the injury early in the first quarter after being fouled on a drive to the basket.
Ben Simmons injury. Steps on cameraman#PhilaUnite pic.twitter.com/sYBIsnV2u6- NBA Hustle (@Hustle_NBA) February 23, 2020
It was initially reported that he would go to the locker room throughout the game for treatment on his back, however early in the second quarter, it was announced that he would not return for the remainder of the game.
Ben Simmons will not return. He irritated his lower back. #Sixers- Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) February 23, 2020
With Simmons out, coach Brett Brown turned to Josh Richardson and Alec Burks to assume the ball-handling and playmaking respnsibilities.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Simmons is set to undergo an MRI tomorrow.
Philadelphia's Ben Simmons will undergo an MRI on his lower back on Sunday, league source tells ESPN. He was definitely in some pain tonight after game vs. Bucks.- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 23, 2020
Simmons left the game with five points, two rebounds, one assist, one block, and one turnover in just five minutes played.