The oft-injured guard came off the bench for the Nets and looked solid. 147-114 win Exceed Utah Jazz He came just shy of a triple-double in the win at Barclays Center, finishing with 10 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. Simmons made 5 of 5 shots from the field, but all five of those shots came in the restricted area just a few feet away from the basket. Simmons also played only 18 minutes, which head coach Jacques Vaughn said was planned before the game. of.
“We won, so yeah,” Simmons said when asked about a successful return. via ESPN“That’s my main goal and that’s all I really care about.”
Simmons has been sidelined since Nov. 6 with a pinched nerve in his back. Vaughn joked last week that Simmons would “more than likely” return against the Jazz while working out with the Nets’ G-League affiliate. last weekend. Simmons received possible designation Sunday before being upgraded to available.
The three-time All-Star has played in just 48 games for the Nets since last season and started just 39 of them. Philadelphia 76ers In 2022, Simmons traded him to Brooklyn. Simmons averaged just 6.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists in just 6 games this season.He missed three games with a hip contusion in November and then suffered another injury. MRI later showed nerve impingement On the lower left side of his back.
“People don’t see what goes on behind the scenes,” Simmons said. via ESPN“So it took a lot of hard work, patience and time to get back to where I am now. Every day, every morning, every day, I’m trying to get back on the court. That’s not online.” You can’t see that. . So for me and everyone who sees this and sees the discipline I’ve had over the past two months, it’s great to see it pay off. “
Simmons wasted little time Monday night. He dished out six assists in five minutes in the first quarter, including an impressive no-look pass down low. He was the first Nets player to dish out six or more assists in the first quarter. Has served as a backup since quarterly statistics were first tracked.
The Nets led almost all the way, starting the fourth quarter with a 14-5 run, and finally won with a 33-point advantage. Mikal Bridges He made 12 of 24 shots and scored a Nets-high 33 points. Cam Thomas increased by 25 points, and Lonnie Walker Simmons scored 19 points off the bench, scoring two of his 10 points in the first half, but he had seven assists and six rebounds at halftime.
Although the Nets have now won back-to-back games, they have only won four of their last 16 games.They have a 19-27 record and will host the phoenix suns Next up is Wednesday night.
“Very impressive,” Vaughn said of Simmons’ night. via ESPN“Everyone else played so well tonight because of Ben Simmons. It’s that simple.
“The looks we got tonight, the number of three-pointers we got tonight, the fast-break points we got tonight, the uncontested looks we got tonight, the pace we played… He did what he did on both ends of the court. Ben deserves a lot of credit for his performance tonight.”