The Portland Trail Blazers have had a rough go this season and the chaos just won’t stop. This franchise could be entering a rebuild in the upcoming offseason with Anfernee Simons as a potential building block. However, for Portland’s next game, they will be without their young rising star.
According to Casey Holdahl, Anfernee Simons is ruled out for multiple games due to a “mild patellar tendonopathy.” The Blazers will monitor the situation closely, but we shouldn’t see Simons dress down for one to two weeks at least.
Team announces that Anfernee Simons is out with “mild patellar tendonopathy” and will be re-evaluated in one to two weeks.
— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) March 12, 2022
Simons has made drastic improvements this season after sitting on the bench and developing for three years. His come-up in the league is similar to CJ McCollum, who ended up having a long successful career with the Blazers before being recently traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. This is a brutal blow for Anfernee Simons, as he’s been fun to watch this season.
The Blazers are currently in 11th place in the Western Conference. They’re just a half-game back from 10th, which would qualify Portland for the play-in game. The clock is ticking on this organization’s playoff hopes as the team could potentially miss the postseason for the first time in Damian Lillard’s career.
We’ll see how it all plays out, but hopefully, Anfernee Simons heals up soon. The Blazers will do everything possible to help their young shooting guard get back on the court, but the coaching staff shouldn’t rush it either. Catch Portland’s next game on Saturday, as they face off against the Washington Wizards.