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Nets' Ben Simmons sits Monday with left knee soreness

The team is hopeful Simmons will be ready to return Tuesday against the Bulls.

Ben Simmons scored 9 points in Brooklyn’s 125-116 loss to Indiana on Saturday.

Brooklyn Nets guard-forward Ben Simmons was sidelined for Monday’s game against the Indiana Pacers due to left knee soreness. Simmons was listed as questionable on the league’s official injury report before the team officially ruled him out Monday night.

The Nets ended their four-game losing streak, outlasting the Pacers 116-109 in Brooklyn. Monday was the second straight game between these two teams. Simmons played 36 minutes in the first matchup Saturday,  scoring 9 points in the 125-116 defeat.

Simmons, who has dealt with knee and back issues over the years, had surgery to remove a loose body in his left knee back in 2020.

Simmons is averaging 6.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists in six games with Brooklyn this season.