Simons will miss a second straight game as he continues to battle an upper respiratory infection. It's still unclear how long Simons will remain sidelined, though his absence shouldn't affect Portland's usual rotation given his minimal role.
It's unclear how long Simons will be sidelined. That said, his role with the team has been minimal, so his absence shouldn't affect the Blazers' usual rotation.
Simons had two points (1-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-2 FT) in 12 minutes during Wednesday's 143-100 loss to the Bucks.
Simons saw double-digit minutes for the second time in the last four games. With that being said, the rookie has not solidified a spot in the regular rotation, as he's still more of a project than an NBA-ready player. As such, he can be avoided across all formats.
The rookie's scoring total paced the Trail Blazers' second unit and served as Simons' first double-digit scoring effort over three exhibitions. The 19-year-old should continue to receive a fair share of seasoning for what remains of the exhibition slate before likely spending significant time developing in the G-League this coming season.
The 2018 first-round pick came off the bench for the second time in as many exhibitions. Simons couldn't find the net from the field after shooting 50.0 percent on six attempts in his preseason debut last Saturday, leading to a very modest stat line. The 19-year-old will presumably be brought along slowly in his first season, likely spending the majority of the campaign in the G-League will honing his ample supply of raw talent.
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