Simons (personal) isn't on the injury report for Saturday's game against the Wizards, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports. Simons missed Thursday's game against the Nuggets due to personal reasons, but he should be back in action against Washington. The 22-year-old should continue to handle a starting role since Damian Lillard (abdomen) is slated to miss several weeks.
Simons has been ruled out for Thursday's game at Denver due to personal reasons, Jamie Hudson of KOIN 6 News Portland reports. Simons has started the past five games with Damian Lillard (abdomen) sidelined and averaged 27.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 7.6 assists in 36.8 minutes, but he'll now be unavailable for Thursday's contest. Lillard is out six to eight weeks and CJ McCollum (chest) remains unavailable so Dennis Smith is likely to run the point for Portland until Simons can return.
Simons closed Monday's 114-108 victory over Brooklyn with 23 points (10-24 FG, 2-11 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds and 11 assists in 38 minutes. Three Portland starters finished with 20-plus points, and Simons led the way with 23. It marked the fourth time he has surpassed the 20-point mark in five games since entering the starting lineup Jan. 3. Simons also notched a career-best 11 assists Monday, and his fantasy stock is rocketing with talk about Damian Lillard (abdomen) potentially being out for an extended period.
Simons ended Sunday's 103-88 victory over the Kings with 31 points (10-17 FG, 7-11 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes. Simons made his fourth straight start in place of Damian Lillard (abdomen) and is averaging 29.0 points, 6.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 36.5 minutes per game during those contests. It's unclear how much time Lillard will miss, but Simons is expected to be the primary beneficiary if the six-time All-Star faces an extended absence. The 2018 first-round pick will look to continue his strong play against the Nets on Monday.
Simons notched 28 points (9-17 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 5-5 FT), one rebound, seven assists and two steals in 39 minutes during Wednesday's 115-109 loss to the Heat. For the second straight game, Simons found himself in the starting lineup due to the absence of Damian Lillard (abdomen). Just as in the previous contest, the fourth-year guard seized the opportunity by leading Portland in both points and assists. Simons is averaging 35.5 points and 7.0 dimes over the pair of games, so it makes sense to see him as a short-term fantasy target for as long as Lillard remains out. For the moment, that projects to be only two games, but the star point guard could certainly be out longer if he continues to battle the abdominal issue.
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