Kevin Durant doesn't expect Ben Simmons to play vs. Celtics

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Kevin Durant doesn't expect Ben Simmons to play vs. Celtics
© Provided by HoopsHype However, on Thursday, it was reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania that Simmons is hoping to play by Game 4 to Game 6, if needed, of the Celtics series. Ben Simmons hasn’t played in a professional basketball game since June 20, 2021. He’s remained out during the entire 2022 season due to a recurring back injury and mental health concerns. On the other hand, Nets teammate Kevin Durant does not think Simmons will be ready to play during the Celtics series. “Nah, I’m not expecting him to play,” Durant said, via SNY. “I’m not putting any pressure on Ben to come out there and hoop. I’m not expecting him to do anything but get his body right and get healthy as fast as he can. In my mind, I’m preparing as if we’re playing with the team we have.”

Source: Madison Williams @ Sports Illustrated

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Barbara Barker @meanbarb

I don’t know if this is the world’s most well-coordinated smokescreen. Or if Simmons is not really that near to coming back. But Kevin Durant, Nets say they are preparing for Celtics as if Ben Simmons won’t be ready… via @Newsday – 10:08 PM Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman

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James Harden-Ben Simmons hype and other top #NBA playoffs storylines… via @nypostsports – 10:03 PM Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan

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Ben Simmons isn’t sprinting or doing any work with his teammates yet. But ‘as long as he’s on the court every day, there’s’ optimism about Simmons playing during the Nets-Celtics series:… – 7:31 PM A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely

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There is a reported new target window for Ben Simmons return to the lineup during the Nets-Celtics series… – 2:32 PM Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach

I don’t see how the return of Ben Simmons could do anything but disrupt the Nets in the middle of a series against Boston. – 2:24 PM Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA

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Jaylen Brown on the Celtics matching up with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving: “It’s exciting. What more can you ask for? Those are two of the best offensive players to touch the ball in NBA history.” – 2:03 PM Jay King @ByJayKing

Jaylen Brown said he is looking forward to the matchup against Durant and Kyrie: “It’s exciting. What more can you ask for? Those are two of the best offensive players to touch a ball in NBA history if you ask certain people.” – 2:02 PM Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA

According to @Brian Windhorst, Ben Simmons is targeting a return for either Games 4, 5, or 6 in the Boston series

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Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis

KD on any Ben Simmons return: “Im not expecting him to play. Im not putting any pressure on Ben to come out there & hoop. I’m not expecting him to do anything but just get his body right & get healthy as fast as he can. Im preparing as if we’re playing w/ the team we have” #Nets – 1:54 PM Jay King @ByJayKing

Daniel Theis: “We can’t just go double team from the first second. They expect it. Double team KD? It’s not easy. He’s a 7-footer basically. So we’re going to guard 1-on-1.” – 1:53 PM Jay King @ByJayKing

Theis on playing the Nets: “For us, we’re excited. We have a big goal so you’ve gotta beat the best teams. And then playing the Nets now with Kyrie and KD, I think it’s going to be fun. And it will be a good test and a good start for us as a team and as players.” – 1:47 PM Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis

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Ime Udoka said the Celtis haven’t spent any of the game-planning on Ben Simmons yet.

Udoka also said he hasn’t talked to anyone on the Brooklyn side. Udoka was a Nets assistant last season, and he’s also close with Nets guard Patty Mills from their time in San Antonio together. – 1:30 PM Ian Begley @IanBegley

Nets coach Steve Nash says Ben Simmons is still doing individual work at the moment. Still no sprinting for Simmons. – 1:28 PM John Karalis @John_Karalis

Question: How much time have you spent on the possibility of Ben Simmons playing in this series?

Ime Udoka: None yet. – 1:22 PM Brian Robb @BrianTRobb

Ime Udoka on Celtics prep for possibility of Ben Simmons playing in the series: “None yet.” – 1:22 PM Jay King @ByJayKing

Ime Udoka on how much time he has spent on the possibility of Ben Simmons playing on this series: “None yet.” – 1:22 PM Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA

Ime Udoka asked how much time he is spending preparing for Ben Simmons entering the series.

“None yet.” – 1:22 PM Barbara Barker @meanbarb

KD said he isn’t expecting Ben Simmons to play. Just wants him to get healthy and doesn’t want to out that pressure on him. – 1:16 PM

Kevin Durant doesn't expect Ben Simmons to play vs. Celtics
© Provided by HoopsHype Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Bruce Brown said KD didn’t talk to him about his comments the other night regarding Horford/Theis. Was he surprised KD said something postgame?

“No,” Brown said with a smile. – 12:59 PM Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

VanVleet on Embiid: “He was more back to the basket (in 2019), playing like a 5. Now he’s turned into Kevin Durant, Michael Jordan, Kobe, Shaq all put together.” – 12:56 PM Michael Grange @michaelgrange

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Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA

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New w/ @Alex Schiffer @Jay King… – 12:39 PM Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

KD and Kyrie getting some shots up after practice. Nets are in good spirits — with three practice days ahead of them before heading to Boston – 12:37 PM

Barbara Barker @meanbarb KD And Kyrie in practice. Gotta say Nets have the most beautiful practice court in NBA. – 12:35 PM

Kevin Durant doesn't expect Ben Simmons to play vs. Celtics
© Provided by HoopsHype Ian Begley @IanBegley

From earlier: “I think he’s done a great job. The last two years, he’s been dealt a wild hand.”

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More on this storyline

Nick Friedell: Nash: “There’s a chance Ben comes back, there’s a chance he doesn’t come back. So I think for us we got to focus on the group — support Ben and his journey to get back on the floor, but at the same time we don’t have time to lose focus on the group that’s playing.” -via Twitter @NickFriedell / April 14, 2022 Shams Charania: Sources: Nets three-time All-Star Ben Simmons is targeting a return within Games 4-6 (April 25-29) of first-round series vs. Celtics. -via Twitter @ShamsCharania / April 14, 2022 Nick Friedell: KD says he’s preparing as if Ben Simmons won’t play. He wants him to continue working on his rehab. If a return happened in the playoffs, he would welcome it — but he won’t let his mind go there yet. -via Twitter @NickFriedell / April 14, 2022


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