Nets’ Ben Simmons in at least 3 games with left calf strain

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NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Simmons will miss at least the next three games with what the Brooklyn Nets called a strained upper left calf.

Coach Jacque Vaughn said before the Nets played in Washington on Wednesday night that Simmons felt pain in the back of his knee when he asked out of their win over Orlando on Monday night.

The injury turned out to be the calf, not the knee.

Simmons will also miss home games against Toronto on Friday and Boston on Sunday before being reevaluated.

Vaughn said Simmons doesn’t remember a specific time when he was injured and it could have been caused by playing in a number of games after missing last season. Simmons missed five games earlier in the season with left knee pain.

The Nets also said Yuta Watanabe will sit out and be reevaluated next week due to his strained right hamstring. The forward led the NBA in 3-point percentage when he suffered the injury after a win over Memphis on Nov. 20.


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