Ben Simmons needs surgery in devastating 76ers blow

The race between a 19-year-old college student and an experienced Kansas state representative is too close to call

The 76ers announced Saturday that Simmons will be leaving the NBA's season-restart bubble at Walt Disney World.

Simmons left Philadelphia's game against Washington on Wednesday midway through the third quarter because of injury, officially diagnosed as a subluxation of the left patella.

However, Simmons will unlikely be healthy and available for the Sixers unless the Eastern Conference club makes a deep run in the playoffs, as the Sixers, now possessing the sixth seed in the East, still have four more regular-season "seeding" games to go before the postseason begins. "A subluxation of the patella means that the kneecap popped out of place but returned on its own".

Tests performed since revealed a loose body inside the knee, which led to the decision for surgery.

Ben Simmons will have surgery on his left knee to remove "loose body", reported Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Sixers coach Brett Brown gave no timeline for Simmons' recovery and potential return - but the team may now be preparing to finish the season without him.

With Simmons out, ex-Celtic Al Horford will be thrust back into Philly's starting lineup, while the bunch of the 76er offense will now have to come from superstar center Joel Embiid, who was already averaging a Sixer-leading 24 points per game this season.

The 76ers now own the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference, though they entered Saturday just one game back of the No. 4 seed.



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