Anfernee Simons receives four stitches on cheek after hard contact, no call

Peter Socotch
NBC Sports Northwest

In the NBA, some foul calls are reserved for the elite. 

You get them out of respect from the referees. You get the benefit of the doubt. 

If you're a rookie, or in the infancy of your NBA career....? Good luck!

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Take Trail Blazers big man Zach Collins, for example. He hasn't gotten the benefit of the doubt in the early stages of his career. His aggressiveness is interpreted as recklessness. He's just now starting to be understood. 

For a young player like Trail Blazers second-year guard Anfernee Simons, your temperament can sometimes work against you, too. 

Simons isn't animated or boisterous. He's matter of fact. He keeps to himself. So, even when he gets hit across the face with no call, he doesn't protest. 


At the end of the third quarter of Thursday night's game vs. the Timberwolves, Simons was met at the rim and clobbered by Minnesota's Robert Covington and Josh Okogie. 

As Simons began to walk towards the Blazers bench, he touched his right cheek, which had been split open.

He was bleeding. Point guard Damian Lillard made it a point to grab Simons and to show officials his bloodied face. 

Simons received four stitches for the no-call. 


After the game, NBCSNW's Chris Burkhardt joked with Simons, saying "chicks dig scars."

Simons laughed, replying, "I'm gonna look tough now. No more baby face."

At least, at the end of the night, Simons could laugh about it. 

The Timberwolves went on to beat the Blazers 116-102 at Target Center, thus ending the Trail Blazers five-game road trip. They return battered, bruised, bloodied, sick and tired and are back in action Saturday night vs. the Milwaukee Bucks.

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