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Simons Unlikely to Play in Wednesday’s Blazers-Nuggets Matchup

Third-year point guard Anfernee Simons did not practice on Monday and is unlikely to suit up against the Nuggets on Wednesday according to Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts.

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Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons did not practice on Monday and it is unlikely that he will participate in Wednesday’s preseason matchup against the Nuggets. Trail Blazers digital reporter Casey Holdahl highlighted coach Terry Stotts’ comments on the subject in the lead up to Portland’s third exhibition competition.

Terry Stotts said Anfernee Simons (hamstring) did not practice today, and given that, seems unlikely that he’ll play in at least the first of two games versus the Nuggets in Denver this week.

Limited by his hamstring, Simons appeared in just nine minutes of action during the Blazers’ preseason opener against the Kings. On Sunday, in Portland’s second matchup against Sacramento, Simons remained on the sideline.

If Simons does miss Wednesday’s contest, that will leave him a one-game window to get ready for the regular season against outside competition. Last season, Simons trudged through 70 regular season contests and averaged 8.3 points per game on 39.9 percent shooting from the field. On paper, Simons is positioned to undertake third-guard duties behind Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.