The Philadelphia 76ers might be at full strength should the NBA season return.
According to ESPN's Jackie MacMullan, the 76ers are expecting to have All-Star guard Ben Simmons back in the lineup if the league were to resume.
Simmons has been out recovering from a pinched nerve in his lower back since Feb. 22 when he left a game against the Milwaukee Bucks early. The team ruled him out on March 11 and announced that he would be re-evaluated in three weeks' time. Now it appears that Simmons may have gotten the green light to return to action.
The 23-year-old is averaging 16.7 points, 8.2 assists, 7.8 rebounds and leads the league with 2.1 steals per game.
The news might put a smile on the face of 76ers fans who've had to endure an up and down season thus far. With both Simmons and All-Star big man Joel Embiid spending time on the mend, the team hasn't been able to jell as many expected they would prior to the season.
Philadelphia is currently 39-26, good for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Should the playoffs start when the season resumes, that means a first-round date with the rival Boston Celtics, who have had the 76ers' number the last couple of seasons.
This year, however, the 76ers have won the season series 3-1 over the Celtics.
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