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76ers GM: Injured Simmons 'close or ready' to NBA return

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers All-Star guard Ben Simmons is closer to getting cleared to play, should the NBA season resume.

The league leader in steals was sidelined with nerve issues in his lower back when the season was suspended on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. He is allowed to rehabilitate at the 76ers' practice facility in Camden, New Jersey, but there seemed to be no guarantee he would have been cleared to play in time for a playoff run.

"We've took our time, we've been methodical and thoughtful about his recovery and rehab, just to make sure, because we weren't in a rush," 76ers GM Elton Brand said Tuesday. "It's hard to speculate. He's been working hard and I know he'd be close or ready."

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Leaders
Points: Joel Embiid23.4
Rebounds: Joel Embiid11.8
Assists: Ben Simmons8.2
FG%: Ben Simmons58.5%
Steals: Ben Simmons2.13
Blocks: Joel Embiid1.32
Defense (Rank)
Points: 107.4 (8)
Rebounds: 41.9 (1)
Assists: 22.7 (4)
FG%: 46.2% (16)
FT%: 74.2% (1)
3P%: 35.4% (15)
Offense (Rank)
Points: 109.6 (21)
Rebounds: 45.5 (10)
Assists: 25.9 (9)
FG%: 46.5% (10)
FT%: 75.2% (23)
3P%: 36.2% (14)
Standings
Atlantic Division
  W L Pct GB
x-Toronto 46 18 .719 --
x-Boston 43 21 .672 3.0
Philadelphia 39 26 .600 7.5
Brooklyn 30 34 .469 16.0
New York 21 45 .318 26.0
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Transactions
Date Player Transactions
2/7/2020 Jonah Bolden Waived
2/6/2020 Alec Burks Traded For second round draft pick
2/6/2020 Glenn Robinson III Traded For second round draft pick
2/6/2020 Trey Burke Waived
11/4/2019 Joel Embiid Reinstate/Suspension
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Injuries
Date Player Status
2/22/2020 Ben Simmons Lower back tightness
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