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Blake Out Longer Than Expected

by Joe Becker

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Posted on January 17, 2009 at 11:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:34 PM

By Joe Becker

Blazers guard Steve Blake will be out much longer than expected with a right shoulder injury. Blake separated his shoulder in Wednesday's loss at Philadelphia.

The team originally said he would be out a week to ten days, but Blake was examined here in Portland yesterday and his prognosis changed. Now, he the team says he will be out two to four weeks.

"With a sprained shoulder like that, four weeks is probably the norm," said Blazers coach Nate McMillan before the game with Charlotte. McMillan said you would be lucky to have a player out for just two weeks with that type of injury.

Blake is averaging 11.6 points per game and 4.7 assists.