Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard could miss at least a month with a dislocated left shoulder, according to Jason Quick of CSN Northwest.
Leonard suffered the injury in the Blazers’ loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night when he got tangled up with Kawhi Leonard. He was quickly diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder during the game, but the team still hasn’t given an official timetable for return, instead only ruling him out for Friday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
But Quick talked to orthopedic surgeon Brian Schulz about the injury, and Schulz said this type of injury typically has a four-to-six week recovery time if there’s no surgery. While Schulz hasn’t examined Leonard’s injury himself, the surgeon said he’d be “shocked” if the big man came back quickly.
Leonard got off to a slow start this year, although he’d started to come around before the injury. He’s averaging 8.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game on the year. After shooting 42 percent from three last year on two attempts per game, he’s down to 25.8 percent this year on over three attempts per game, although that’s a function of the slow start. There was one four-game stretch in which he went 0-of-11 from three-point range.