Nash cool, others 'exasperated' by Simmons

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While some in the Brooklyn front office have reportedly been "exasperated" by Ben Simmons opting out of Game 4, Nets head coach Steve Nash barely raised an eyebrow.

"I wasn't really expecting him to play (Monday in Game 4)," Nash said Monday morning.

Simmons said last week he was targeting Game 4 against the Boston Celtics for his season debut. Soreness in his back over the weekend changed those plans, and increased the likelihood the former No. 1 pick and All-Star acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers will span a full calendar year without playing in an NBA game.

The Australian was said to have been pain-free for 10 consecutive days but felt pain in his back on Sunday and informed the team.

ESPN reported Monday that Nets officials are "exasperated" by the situation with the season on the line. The Celtics won the first three games of the series.

No team in NBA history has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a play-off series.

The Nets acquired Simmons, a three-time All-Star, in a February 10 trade with Philadelphia but the 25-year-old has yet to suit up for the Nets.

Brooklyn originally thought Simmons would debut March 10 at Philadelphia. Those plans were scrapped because Simmons was unable to practice.

Before the trade, Simmons was fined $US1.3 million ($A1.8 million) for missing training camp.

He filed a grievance through the NBPA to recoup up to $US20 million ($A28 million) withheld by the 76ers. Philadelphia opted not to pay Simmons while he sat out under the premise he was in breach of his contract.

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