Nets’ Ben Simmons has nerve impingement in back, MRI shows

Brooklyn Nets forward Ben Simmons has been diagnosed with a nerve impingement in his lower back and will be re-evaluated in one week, the team announced on Tuesday.

Simmons has not played since Nov. 6 and will miss his fourth straight game when Brooklyn hosts the Orlando Magic for Tuesday night’s in-season tournament game. The Nets had been calling Simmons’ injury a hip contusion before an MRI revealed the nerve impingement.

Simmons, 27, has dealt with a variety of back injuries in recent years and was shut down after the All-Star Break last season due to a nerve impingement in his back.

Simmons had been averaging 6.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists in six games this season.

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