Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons will miss the next 3 games with a right shoulder injury, as reported by Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Simmons had an X-ray performed on the shoulder Thursday, which came back negative. He was forced to leave Wednesday night’s 106-104 loss to the Jazz, after a Grade 1 AC joint sprain.
Simmons played only 10 minutes before leaving the contest, and finished with two points and two assists.
The injury occurred after Simmons bumped into Royce O’Neale’s chest while posting up early in the first quarter.
He checked back into the game with 6:56 left in the first half, but then checked out of the game with 5:20 left.
Not having their point guard on the floor altered what the Sixers were able to do, particularly in terms of containing Utah’s top playmakers.
“Defense is where we felt the pain of not having him the most,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said.
The top overall pick in 2016, Simmons has averaged 15.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 6 games this season.