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Ben Simmons is likely to miss three games with injured shoulder

Friday 8 November 2019 06:28, UK

Ben Simmons controls possession against the Utah Jazz
Image: Ben Simmons controls possession against the Utah Jazz

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons is likely to miss three games with a Grade 1 AC joint sprain in his right shoulder, Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported on Thursday.

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Haynes reported earlier Thursday that Simmons would have more tests on his shoulder after X-rays came back negative. Multiple outlets confirmed the diagnosis of a Grade 1 AC joint sprain.

Simmons sustained the injury on Wednesday night in Philadelphia's 106-104 loss to the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. The 76ers play Friday night at Denver - live on Sky Sports Arena, then host Charlotte on Sunday and Cleveland on Tuesday before opening a three-game road trip.

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The 23-year-old is averaging 13.1 points, 6.9 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.0 steals after seven games, with the Sixers losing two straight following a 5-0 start.

The Rookie of the Year in 2017-18 and a first-time All-Star in 2018-19, Simmons owns career averages of 16.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.9 assists in 167 games (all starts).

The No 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft out of LSU, Simmons sat out the 2016-17 season with a foot injury but has only missed four games since.

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Philadelphia return to action in the early hours of Saturday morning on the road against the Denver Nuggets, live on Sky Sports Arena (2am).

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