Nets say Simmons got epidural to aid back rehab

Tim Bontemps, ESPNDec 2, 2023, 06:19 PM ET

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BROOKLYN — Brooklyn announced late Saturday afternoon that forward Ben Simmons had received an epidural injection in his back, meaning his absence with a nerve issue in his lower back will stretch to more than a month.

“The epidural happened within the course of this week here,” coach Jacque Vaughn said before the Nets beat the NBA’s hottest team, the Orlando Magic, 129-101 at Barclays Center on Saturday night. “It was just a part of his getting back to playing, and that is a part of his treatment, a part of his strengthening that was just a part of his getting back to a position of joining us. No setbacks.

“Right now he is still doing low-level stuff on the court. So no rebounding drills, no sprinting up the floor. Then, in two weeks, you’ll continue to strengthen it and we’ll have something

Haliburton's 1st triple-double powers Pacers in IST

Tim Bontemps, ESPNDec 5, 2023, 12:45 AM ET

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INDIANAPOLIS — After missing Saturday’s win over the Miami Heat with an upper respiratory infection, Indiana Pacers superstar Tyrese Haliburton didn’t look like himself in the first half of Monday’s in-season tournament quarterfinal against the Boston Celtics.

“The first half, I was dead,” Haliburton said later.

So, at halftime, Haliburton — at the behest of the athletic training staff — did something he’s never done before: he used an inhaler.

As a result, when the second half started, he looked like himself again — and the Pacers looked like a totally different team. And, behind Haliburton’s first career triple-double — 26 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists in 40 minutes — Indiana emerged with a 122-112 victory over the heavily favored Celtics to advance to the in-season tournament semifinals in Las Vegas on Thursday.

“It feels good to win,” Haliburton said with a smile, “especially