Seth Curry, Ben Simmons out as Nets prepare for Pacers … with Myles Turner
The Nets received some bad news on Monday. Seth Curry (ankle) is out and, surprisingly, Ben Simmons (knee soreness) is also out for Game 2 of the game. pacers mini-series
“He’s just got a sore knee, that’s all I know really,” Steve Nash said. “We’ll have to watch tomorrow and see how he is, but he’s out tonight and tomorrow we’ll see how the knee is and if he’s available.”
Shams Charania added a detail in an interview with Rally.
“I’ve been told Simmons and the Nets are managing some swelling in his left knee and he’ll miss tonight’s game against Indiana or tomorrow’s game against the Bulls,” Shams said.
The 6’10” center hasn’t looked as athletic as the last time he played in the NBA. Marc Stein, writing about reports that Simmons is avoiding the foul line, said some of the issues may be physical.
My former ESPN colleague Brian Windhorst noted in a recent TV appearance that several scouts he’s consulted with believe the reason Ben Simmons plays with a lack of aggressiveness on offense “isn’t because he’s as afraid of missing the shot as he is of being wrapped up.” time as a Sixer during the 2020-21 season.Remember the 26-year-old had back surgery in May.
Simmons has yet to reach double figures in scoring so far for the Nets. As for Curry, Nash said he had similar hopes.
“I’ll see. I don’t want to make big statements about them being in the same process, but we’ll see how Seth is tomorrow and from there. I think he feels like he’s got a little way to go before he’s in his prime “.
Meanwhile, two Nets veterans tried to put a good face on things during the morning round.
“Our whole message and vibe is that we can stick together,” Patty Mills said. “Enduring this time, obviously adversity and backs against the wall, but to be able to stick together and get through it, obviously we have to get better. Obviously, we have to work on some things. I think the biggest message is to be able to stick together and stick together.”
Markieff Morris, who has been around for a dozen seasons, believes there could be a positive side to the early season woes.
“It’s good to see the character and the guys with their backs against the wall. I like adversity,” Morris said Monday morning. “I feel like I’m playing better and [I] I’m better during adversity because it brings out who you really are as a man and as a basketball player.”
Morris also said he is ready to be a leader.
“Yeah, sure,” Morris said feeling more inclined to take on a leadership role. “I think this is one of my roles in this team. I’ve been to a lot of places and played with a lot of great players. I’m not the most vocal guy, but you know, I had to step out of my comfort zone, just like everyone else here has the ability to turn the page on what we’re trying to do. If it needs to be said, I will say it. It’s nothing personal. It’s just one of those things where you have to hear a voice all the time.”
But he also said he didn’t like the players-only huddle that took place after the Pacers’ loss to slip away.
“I’m not talking about meetings only of players. I don’t even know why you know about this,” he said. “This is something that should be between us.”
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