After tearing a right thumb ligament in the Portland Trail Blazers' season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers and missing the last 18 games, guard Anfernee Simons has been upgraded to questionable for Portland's matchup against the Golden State Warriors.
The Blazers shared some video of Monday's practice, which just so happened to show Simons getting in some work:
While it's not clear that Simons will see action on Wednesday for the Blazers, being upgraded to questionable is a major indication that he will play. The signs are that the only real question mark is how Simons' thumb responds to the two days of practice that the Blazers were able to get in this week.
Additionally, leading scorer Jerami Grant is out with a concussion while starting center Deandre Ayton is doubtful with knee soreness for the Blazers. They're going to need some firepower and – with all due respect to Grant, Shaedon Sharpe, and Malcolm Brogdon – Simons is the team's best offensive player.
Last season, Simons averaged 21 points per game for the Blazers. He's a career 38 percent 3-point shooter.
The 6-13 Blazers head down to San Francisco on a single-game trip to face the Golden State Warriors. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said that he was optimistic about Chris Paul and Andrew Wiggins being able to return from their various injuries to face Portland. Portland owns the Warriors top-4 protected first-round pick in next year's NBA Draft.
Should Simons not be able to go on Wednesday, he'll get his next chance on Friday at home as the Blazers host the Utah Jazz.