Playing through the pain is something the Trail Blazers second-year guard did Saturday night in Atlanta.
Anfernee Simons played nearly three full possessions on a left ankle sprain.
Saturday night, as the Trail Blazers battled against a young Hawks team that caught fire from three, Simons rolled his left ankle, but it wasn’t one that he could just run off and have the pain subside.
Despite Ant's best efforts.
“Some of them are about the same… Some of them you can easily run off, but tonight it kind of hurt more than usual. It’s getting better right now. It’s better than it was an hour ago,” Simons said.
Before Simons left the game late in the third quarter, it looked as though he may have suffered the injury when he attacked the rim.
Simons heads back to the locker room with unknown injury pic.twitter.com/6T0kkdrMWx— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) March 1, 2020
But, that was not the case. The injury happened a possession before the lay-in.
The Blazers youngster was trying his hardest to stay on the floor.
The defensive play before, we was trying to get the rebound. I kind of landed on somebody’s foot and I kind of rolled it. I tried to play through the offensive possession and I tried to shoot the lay-up and I came back down and couldn’t go no more, so I asked to come out. -- Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons said postgame
In the locker room postgame, Simons was walking around with no tape or wrap on his left ankle, but he had received treatment on the ankle during the fourth quarter.
“It’s alright. I just got to try to get it better, see where I can go from here,” Simons said.
The good news for the injury riddled Trail Blazers is that the x-rays on Simons’ ankle came back negative.
Simons was already looking ahead to Monday’s game in Orlando.
He is hopeful to play versus the Magic.
“Just treatment, try to get it right and hopefully, I can come back for the next one,” Simons said.
The 20-year-old is averaging 9.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
Before leaving the game and not returning Saturday night, Simons had 10 points in 16 minutes.