Ben Simmons debut: PG targeting debut amid Nets-Celtics series

As Ben Simmons continues his preparation for a return to action this season, the three-time All-Star hopes to make his debut within the next two weeks.

According to Athleticismof Shams Charania, Simmons is aiming for a possible comeback around games 4-6 of the Nets‘ first-round series against the Celtics, which is scheduled to begin in Boston on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET.

According to Charania’s report, early fans can expect Simmons to make his season debut on April 25, when Brooklyn hosts Boston at Barclays Center. If he is unable to play in this game and the series eventually goes beyond Game 4, the next possible dates would be April 27 (Game 5) or April 29 (Game 6).

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Thursday’s report is the final chapter in a season-long story chronicling Simmons’ mental and physical health as he returns to the ground.

Nets coach Steve Nash said Tuesday there were no further updates on the schedule for Simmons, who has increased his activity while gradually rehabilitating a back injury he suffered on last month. Nash’s remarks contradicted a report from Charania two days earlier, which detailed a level of optimism regarding the 25-year-old’s chances of making his first-round debut.

The Nets secured the No. 7 seed in the East and a date with the No. 2 Celtics on Tuesday after beating the Cavaliers 115-108 in Game 1 of the qualifying tournament.

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