A heat stroke as a trigger for Anfernee Simons
22 points at 9/22 on shots, 16 points at 5/17 and 12 points at 5/17. These were the first three stat sheets of the 2022/23 season.Anfernee Simonsahead of last night’s game between Portland and Denver.
Clumsy to start the season, therefore, the young rear of Portland managed, against the Nuggets, to break what was beginning to look like a negative spiral, with a nice game at 29 points at 11/17 on shots. And in particular an incredible third quarter, during which he charred the defense, disappointing since the start of the season, of Mike Malone and his men with 22 points at 8/9 on shots, including a perfect 6/6 behind the bow.
In its tracks, the Blazers trampled the Nuggets, offering themselves a big victory (135-110), the fourth in as many matches this season. While the club’s first three wins were narrower (+7, +2, +2), when « Ant » was clumsy. Probably no coincidence.
The world at his feet for 12 minutes
Either way, his third-act offensive outburst left everyone in awe. Social networks of course, but also and above all his teammates.
» At one point, I didn’t even think about putting up a screen, because I wanted to see him shoot. I just wanted to watch him. I was like ‘that motherfucker is hot as embers, let me see that’ laughed Jusuf Nurkic afterwards. » It was explosive, and very fun. I looked around me, the reactions of the public. This guy was blowing up the room. He was boiling added Damian Lillard.
The main interested party also struggled to explain this sudden explosion, while retaining the essential: he finally set the sights. « It’s hard to honestly explain [cette sensation]. I don’t know, it’s like this feeling of being lucky, finding money on the floor. It was my day, maybe. But in any case, it’s great to have been able to find such a rhythm. »