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Blazers' Skal Labissiere to miss at least next six games with knee injury

Portland's backup center was injured early in Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer, AP
Portland Trail Blazers forward Skal Labissiere, center, dribbles around Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Trail Blazers backup center Skal Labissiere will miss at least the next six games with a knee injury.

The Blazers announced Sunday afternoon that an MRI on Labissiere's left knee was inconclusive. The team said he'll undergo a second MRI later next week and will be re-evaluated then.

Labissiere won't play Monday game against the Phoenix Suns and he won't travel with the Blazers on their upcoming five-game road trip.

Labissiere got his first start of the season Saturday against the Lakers but left the game with a left knee injury about two minutes into the game and did not return.

The 23-year-old big man is averaging 5.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 blocks in 17.2 minutes per game this season. He's also shooting 55.1% from the field and 75.8% from the free-throw line. He has emerged as one of the team's most reliable reserves.

The Blazers (14-19) have been hurt by injuries, especially to their big men. Starting center Jusuf Nurkic hasn't played since fracturing his left leg last March. Starting power forward Zach Collins will miss most or all of this season with a left shoulder injury. And starting small forward Rodney Hood won't play again this season after rupturing his left Achilles tendon.

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Jared Cowley writes about the Trail Blazers and other topics for KGW.com and is the co-host of KGW's 3-on-3 Blazers podcast. Have questions or comments for the 3-on-3 Blazers team? Email them here.

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