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Ben Simmons misses practice Monday, expected to play Tuesday [UPDATE]

Sixers star is dealing with an illness ahead of Tuesday’s game vs. the Pacers.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons reacts against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won in overtime. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Simmons is dealing with an illness but was not listed on the 5:30 NBA injury report for Tuesday’s slate. So it looks like he’s fine and will start against the Pacers.

Philadelphia 76ers G/F Ben Simmons missed practice Monday due to an illness.

We don’t know what Simmons’ status is for Tuesday’s game vs. the Indiana Pacers. He could be ruled out beforehand, he could be fine, he could be a game-time decision. So at this point there’s not much info we can go off of. It is New Year’s Eve, though, so I mean there’s a chance Simmons just sits out until the New Year and perhaps the week. The Sixers only play two games this week: Tuesday vs. IND and Friday vs. HOU. If Simmons is limited or out, Joel Embiid, Josh Richardson, Raul Neto and James Ennis get a boost.