When will Ben Simmons play for Nets? Up to date standing for NBA Playoff sequence vs. Celtics

When the Nets acquired Ben Simmons from the 76ers back at the trade deadline, the hope was that he would be in game shape by the start of the 2022 NBA Playoffs.

Those plans were put on hold shortly after the Nets received Simmons from the 76ers back in February, as it was reported that he was dealing with back soreness during his reconditioning process. One month later, Nets head coach Steve Nash revealed that Simmons had a herniated disk in his back and received an epidural in order to relieve the pain.

Simmons has yet to take the court this season, and although he missed Games 1 and 2 in the Nets’ series with the Celtics, all signs point to Simmons making his debut at some point during the first round.

Here is the latest on when Simmons could suit up for the first time in this series.

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When will Ben Simmons return for the Nets?

On April 14, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that Simmons was targeting Games 4, 5 or 6 of Brooklyn’s first-round matchup with Boston to make his Nets debut.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has since reported that Game 4 is looking like “a realistic target for his Brooklyn debut” based on how he’s progressed in practices, but Nash said ahead of Game 3 that the team still hasn’t “penciled in” Simmons’ return for a particular time.

Game 4 (April 25) and Game 6 (April 29) are scheduled to be played in Brooklyn, while Game 5 (April 27) is scheduled to take place in Boston. That means Simmons could retake the floor for the first time this season as soon as this Saturday.

The last time Simmons played was Philadelphia’s Game 7 loss to Atlanta on June 20, 2021.

Celtics vs. Nets schedule, TV channels

Brooklyn will host Games 3 and 4 of the first-round series. If necessary, the Celtics would host Games 5 and 7, while the Nets would host Game 6.

(All times Eastern)

Date Game Location Time National TV (US)
April 17 Game 1 TD Garden 3:30 pm ABC
April 20 Game 2 TD Garden 7 p.m. TNT
April 23 Game 3 Barclay’s Center 7:30 pm ESPN
April 25 Game 4 Barclay’s Center 7 p.m. TNT
April 27 Game 5* TD Garden TBD TBD
April 29 Game 6* Barclay’s Center TBD TBD
May 1 Game 7* TD Garden TBD TBD

*If needed

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