Ben Simmons Has MRI On Knee; Durant Frustrated With Him

The familiar sight of Ben Simmons in street clothes is not something the Brooklyn Nets need right now. They got results back Friday afternoon of an MRI on his ailing knee, and fortunately for them, it came back clean. But he's still out of the lineup. 

Simmons did have the knee drained as he's still dealing with some swelling. He'll miss at least the next two games over the weekend. The timing is terrible for the Nets who will also, of course, be without Kyrie Irving for the next five games at least as he serves his suspension, while Seth Curry will be out for their game Friday night in Washington as well as he continues to come back from offseason ankle surgery. 

Simmons' knee issue isn't his only problem, however. He's trying to come back after sitting out for nearly 500 days after his holdout from the Philaelphia 76ers last season, and subsequent mental health and back issues. And thus far, it's not going so well.  

As noted by NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, “Ben Simmons has been a source of frustration for Kevin Durant and for others on the Nets so far, because he has been unable to stay on the floor with a knee injury, but prior to that, he has shown that he's a long way away from being back to an impactful player." 

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