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Report: Ben Simmons (shoulder) likely out next 3 games

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons will likely miss the next three games with a right shoulder injury, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Simmons had an X-ray performed on the shoulder Thursday, which came back negative.

Simmons was forced to leave Wednesday night’s 106-104 road loss to the Utah Jazz after suffering what the team called a Grade 1 AC joint sprain. He played just 10 minutes before leaving the game, finishing with two points and two assists.

Per Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Simmons could barely lift his arm when he went to the locker room. The injury occurred after Simmons bumped into Royce O’Neale’s chest while posting up on a first-quarter play. After that happened, Simmons held his shoulder and tried to shake the injury off. Per Pompey, Simmons appeared to wear a heating pad on the injury while on the bench after checking out late in the quarter.

He checked back into the game with 6:56 left in the first half, but later checked himself out of the game with 5:20 left. From there, he walked straight to the locker room.

Not having their point guard on the floor altered what the Sixers were able to do in terms of containing Utah’s top playmakers.

“Defense is where we felt the pain of not having him the most,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said the Sixers’ 106-104 loss.

The top overall pick in 2016, Simmons has averaged 15.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 6 games this season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.