By Tommy Matthews
The Nets lost their 10th game in a row last night, 113-112, at the Washington Wizards.
And they are now in 8th place in the Eastern Conference, 6 1/2 games out of first.
So Ben Simmons has to help.
Simmons never played for the the 32-22 Sixers this season.
Coach Doc Rivers and the All-Star center Joel Embiid criticized Simmons after a poor showing in last season’s second-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.
In November, Simmons’s agent, Rich Paul, told The Athletic that the tension had taken a toll on Simmons’s mental health, and that he wasn’t ready to play basketball.
If he is able to play now, the Nets could use him.
They have been in free fal.
Kevin Durant hasn’t played since Jan. 15 because of a knee injury, and he said on TNT that there was no timetable for his return but he was “doing better, for sure.”
James Harden had been out with a hamstring injury since Feb. 2, when he turned in a listless 4-point performance in a loss to the Sacramento Kings.
Kyrie Irving has appeared in only 13 of the Nets’ 55 games.