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Portland’s Anfernee Simons out at least a week with left knee injury

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PORTLAND, OREGON - FEBRUARY 27: Anfernee Simons #1 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter at Moda Center on February 27, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons is out for at least a week because of mild patellar tendinopathy in his left knee, the team announced.

Simons has missed two games because of the injury, which was confirmed by an MRI, the Blazers announced on Friday. He will be re-evaluated in one to two weeks.

Simons has played in 57 games this season with 30 starts, averaging 17.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists.

Simons took on a greater role for the Blazers with Damian Lillard sidelined since late December by an abdominal injury that required surgery.

The Blazers (25-40) were coming off a 123-85 loss at Utah on Wednesday. Portland has lost six straight and is currently in 11th in the Western Conference standings.

The Blazers host the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.