SIXERS HOPING BENNY WILL BE BACK FOR PLAYOFFS, JOJO THIS WEEK!

By Peter Brennan

The Sixers played again last night in San Francisco without stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons and starting 2-guard Josh Richardson, all of whom are injured.

Embiid is slated to be back from a shoulder injury at home Wednesday against the Pistons, but Simmons’ prognosis — a lower-back nerve impingement — is harder to predict.

According to ESPN, Simmons will be reevaluated this week as the Sixers wait for the inflammation around the nerve to subside. The team hopes he can return before the playoffs, sources say, and with enough time to get back into shape.

But, at this point, that is just a hope.

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