Ben Simmons starts for 76ers after one-game absence

ByMalika Andrews ESPN logo
Thursday, October 25, 2018

MILWAUKEE --Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmonsstarted Wednesday night's game against theBucks, one day after sitting out at Detroit with back tightness.

He finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in the Sixers' 123-108 loss.

The reigning rookie of the year sustained the injury during the 76ers' Saturday game against the Orlando Magic in the first quarter and did not return. Simmons did not practice on Monday. Philadelphia lost to Detroit 133-132 in overtime without him on Tuesday night.

Simmons said he felt good during warm-ups Wednesday and his back didn't bother him.

"He had a good warm-up," 76ers coach Brett Brown said before an official decision had been made on Simmons' status. "He came out of the warm-ups feeling good. What we saw out of warm-ups was positive."

Bucks coachMike Budenholzer called Simmons a "very unique player" who presents a matchup challenge.