Ben Simmons under fire after being ruled out of the Nets’ crucial NBA playoff game | NBA

Ben Simmons has come under heavy criticism after the Australian was ruled out of Game 4 of Brooklyn’s NBA playoff series against Boston, making it possible that he will not play at all this season.

The Nets listed the Simmons as out on the injury report for Monday night’s game, where they will try to avoid a sweep of the Celtics after Sunday’s 109-103 defeat at Barclays Center left them 3-0 down the series.

His continued absence from the pitch in a Nets shirt prompted some commentators to take aim, with former player Reggie Miller claiming the Australian has “zero competitiveness”.

Simmons has worked his way back from a disc herniation in the back, and coach Steve Nash said before Game 3 on Saturday that the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft had no setbacks after a 3-on-3 scrimmage earlier in the day.

But he also warned that there was still a lot to consider as they weighed in to put Simmons in a game he had not played since game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals last year for Philadelphia.

Simmons then requested a barter and refused to play for the 76ers this season, citing mental health issues. Philadelphia sent him to Brooklyn in February on a trade deadline for James Harden, but Simmons began experiencing back pain shortly after as he tried to work his way back into shape.

Former Indiana Pacers star Miller, now a TV expert, used social media to express his frustration over the 25-year-old’s lack of playing time since his move to Brooklyn.

“Come MAN !!! Out for Game 4, when it was rumored that you were going to make your debut,” Miller tweeted. “This guy has ZERO competitive [fire emoji].

“As small a chance as the Nets have to get back in this series, you still have KD [Kevin Durant] and Kyrie [Irving], all you need is to win ONE game and take it from there. #Mand up. “

The respected ESPN host Stephen A Smith also attended the stack, saying it was “one of the most pathetic situations” he had ever seen.

“He’s not going to war, he’s not going to the octagon [MMA], he should not be in a boxing ring, ”he said. “It pulls teeth out to get this man to play basketball.”

Without the Simmons, the Nets are looking to write NBA history as the first team to return from a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series.

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