The Blazers were forced to a call a timeout with 20.7 seconds remaining in the first quarter against the Utah Jazz Friday night after backup guard Anfernee Simons went up for a jumper from the free throw line, but then fell hard on his back, with his head whipping back and connecting with the court.
Simons was thrown off-balance after connecting with Royce O’Neale’s leg.
Anfernee Simons leaves game after hitting head on court pic.twitter.com/paz1jNXeGd— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) February 8, 2020
The 20-year-old did not return to the game after suffering a concussion from the hard fall.
“I’m alright. I’ve got a little headache right now, but I think I’ll be alright,” Simons said immediately after the game.
Simons explained exactly what happened from his perspective.
“I was shooting… And, I just felt somebody’s legs come under me and I kind of fell back fast. I didn’t know. It just all happened quick. So, I snapped my head back, and I fell down pretty bad.”
He also added that he wasn’t able to brace himself at all because the play happened so fast.
“It happened so quick; I couldn’t prepare for it."
The Trail Blazers backup guard will now have to go through the NBA’s Concussion Protocol, which is a four-step process, outlined like so:
A player who had a concussion may not return to participation until:
-- He is without concussion-related symptoms at rest;
-- He has been evaluated by a physician;
--- He has successfully completed the NBA return-to-participation exertion process; and
-- A team physician has discussed the return-to-participation process and decision with theDirector of the NBA Concussion Program.
The Trail Blazers have officially listed Simons as doubtful for Sunday’s home game against the Miami Heat. While, Hassan Whiteside (left leg contusion) is probable and Nassir Little (left ankle sprain) is out for Sunday's contest.