It’s no surprise that Ben Simmons won’t be suiting up for the Nets for Game 4 in their Eastern Conference quarterfinals matchup against the Boston Celtics given Brooklyn’s 3-0 series deficit.
That said, it’s a little surprising that his back is being listed as the reason why. Anyone can read the writing on the wall and see that playing Simmons in Game 4 is exponentially more likely to end negatively than positively.
Given the former All-Star’s continued absence throughout the 2021-22 season, integrating a piece for the first time with the Nets’ backs up against the wall is just about as poor of an idea as possible. Simmons’ performance against the Atlanta Hawks last postseason caused Sixers fans to cyberbully him off the franchise.
That said, it still reflects poorly on the point forward that when his team needs a spark the most, his back suddenly flares up after his return has been expected for the past week.
Twitter did what it does and flamed the former Philadelphia 76er, who has still yet to suit up for Brooklyn, for not stepping up to face the Boston Celtics on Monday:
The Boston Celtics are in a prime position to sweep the Brooklyn Nets
As Chris Mannix pointed out, Simmons sitting out could very well ruffle feathers in a Nets locker-room that already dealt with a high volume of drama for the James Harden-Kyrie Irving situation earlier this season.
While many gave Irving flack for not being legally allowed to play this season for not obliging to pressures to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Simmons is now in the fire for not being there with his team staring into the abyss of elimination and a very uncomfortable offseason.