The Philadelphia 76ers and their fanbase can finally exhale, as Ben Simmons doesn't appear to be facing something he can't battle back from quickly.
Simmons left Philly's loss against the Utah Jazz after just 10 minutes with a shoulder injury, which was later diagnosed as a sprained AC joint. An X-ray on Thursday came back negative, however, and he will be headed for further evaluation. He is currently listed as day-to-day.
The apocalypse in Philadelphia is delayed for at least one more day.
Simmons is in the middle of his worst statistical stretch to start this season. With a 49% shooting percentage to go along with 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 6.9 assists, Simmons is putting up career lows to start this season.
Even with Simmons not fully clicking yet, the Sixers are 5-2 to start the season and are looking every bit like a viable contender in the East.
Simmons still struggles to shoot and is mired in a bit of a slump, but anyone who says that Philly won't go into the tank if Simmons is forced to miss any extended period of time is putting some serious disrespect on his game.