Apr 10, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons (10) takes warmups prior to the game against the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets are currently taking on the Boston Celtics in their NBA Playoffs first-round matchup and will look to tie up the series at one game apiece in Wednesday’s Game 2 matchup.

The Nets have long been considered one of the most dangerous teams in the playoffs with star players Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving leading the way. It now appears that the team could be getting a valuable piece back in the not-so-distant future, one that could really make them a championship-caliber team.

NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Wednesday that three-time All-Star Ben Simmons could return as soon as Game 3 of the series, but a likely return date would be for Game 4.

Simmons has not played in a game this season, first going through disputes with the Philadelphia 76ers organization prior to being traded, and then suffering from a back injury that has set back his return date multiple times.

This update on Simmons has certainly gotten the NBA world talking, with many excited to see what he could bring to an already dangerous Nets team.

While some are excited about his possible return, some certainly think he could go through some growing pains, with his new team just throwing him out there for his first game of the year in a playoff setting.

It remains to be seen how effective Simmons would even be should he be able to return in this series.

Having players like Durant and Irving pull the majority of the load offensively certainly helps, but Simmons may be a bit rusty playing in his first game of the year in a playoff game. Regardless, his level of passing and defensive skills will likely be a huge bonus for the Nets and could be a true X-factor when it comes to winning in the playoffs.

[Adrian Wojnarowski]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.