By Alexandra Brady

The Ben Simmons saga continues.

He has been cleared for contact as he continues to make his way back from a back injury that has prevented him from playing since he was acquired from the Sixers.

Nets head coach Steve Nash ruled Simmons out of tonight’s Game 2, but he left the door open for Simmons’ return at some point in Brooklyn’s first-round series against the Boston Celtics.

“He’s making progress,” Nash said after Tuesday’s practice. “We’ll just see how he responds and see if he’s able to do more contact [Wednesday].”

Nash said that Simmons’ first day of contact was actually during a Monday workout when he was able to play 4-on-4 with some of his teammates.

“So far, so good,” Nash said of how Simmons came through the workout. “I think he managed yesterday’s activity well.”

Simmons spent much of his post-practice time that the media was able to see on Tuesday working with Nets shooting instructor Kyle Korver on his form. When asked specifically if there was a chance Simmons might be able to play in Saturday’s Game 3, Nash was noncommittal about the possibility.

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