On Friday night, the Brooklyn Nets play their first game after the NBA All-Star break. In an effort to end a season-worst three-game losing run, the squad has travelled to Chicago to play the Chicago Bulls. And the injury report for Brooklyn has a few surprises.
Ben Simmons (ached left knee) is classified by the Nets as doubtful to play against the Bulls. This season, Simmons has intermittently battled knee discomfort; he hasn’t started a game since the NBA Trade Deadline.
The point forward told reporters just before the All-Star break that his knee wasn’t bothering him and that he was glad he could play. He has been receiving therapy for his knee at the same time. His availability for the game against Chicago has not been updated in any way.
The Nets have no other injuries outside Simmons. The only two-way guards that won’t be with the squad are David Duke Jr. (G League – Two-Way) and Dru Smith (G League – Two-Way). Both guards will play for the Long Island Nets, a Nets G League affiliate.
A few supporting players for the Bulls have been ruled out of the Friday game. Lonzo Ball (left knee surgery) and Javonte Green (right knee surgery) have been declared out for Chicago. The Bulls have given its G League affiliate, the Windy City Bulls, Carlik Jones (G League – Two-Way) and Marko Simonovic (G League – Two-Way).
A 24-game schedule will follow the Friday night game to wrap off the regular season. 12 games will be played at Barclays Center and 12 will be away from home for the Nets. More significantly, Brooklyn will host nine of the last twelve games. The franchise still has postseason hopes after moving Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.