The Trail Blazers looked lifeless as they fell to the Washington Wizards 126-101 on Tuesday night, but the big concern is guard Anfernee Simons’ right ankle.
Simons significantly rolled the ankle at the end of the third quarter, landing awkwardly after attempting a floater in the lane. Simons stayed on the court for some time, eventually being helped to the locker room by trainer Geoff Clark and center Jusuf Nurkic. Simons was unable to put any weight on the ankle as he departed.
X-rays taken after the game were negative, and it’s expected that Simons will have an MRI later this week to see how bad the sprain is. For reference, Justise Winslow appeared to sprain his ankle to a similar degree, and has missed two months to date.
While we don’t yet know how much time Simons will miss, it is all but certain he will no longer participate in the 3-point contest at All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City.