Meyers Leonard

#11 C / Portland Trail Blazers / EXP: 3YRS Height: 7-1 Weight: 245 lb Age: 23 College: Illinois

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      Trailblazers' Meyers Leonard: Returns from dislocated shoulder

      Leonard (shoulder) came off the bench and to play 22 minutes in his return Saturday against the Lakers. He finished with seven points (3-7 FG, 1-5 3Pt), six rebounds, two assists, and one blocked shot. Leonard was sidelined for seven games and a little over two weeks due to the dislocated left shoulder, but saw a rather normal workload Saturday, finishing with just four fewer minutes than his season average. Though coach Terry Stotts elected to stick with Noah Vonleh as his starter at power forward, Leonard ended up outpacing Vonleh for playing time and could eventually earn the starting job back after he's able to get a few games in. Prior to going down with the injury, Leonard underwhelmed with the stats that he did provide, but his ability to provide decent scoring, rebounding, three-point production, and shooting marks from the field and free-throw line make him an attractive speculative pickup in deeper formats.

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      Trailblazers' Meyers Leonard: Will play Saturday

      Leonard (shoulder) will play Friday against the Lakers, Erik Gundersen of The Columbian reports. Leonard has missed the last seven games with a dislocated left shoulder, but it appears he'll make his return to action Friday, roughly two-and-a-half weeks after the initial injury. It's unclear if Leonard will return to the starting lineup right away, but if that's the case, either Al-Farouq Aminu or Noah Vonleh will shift to the bench.

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      Trailblazers' Meyers Leonard: Improving, but ruled out Wednesday

      Leonard (shoulder) is improving, but he's been ruled out for Wednesday's game agains the Bulls, Casey Holdahl of reports. Leonard dislocated his left shoulder nearly two weeks ago, and he remains without a firm return timetable. The big man has been slowly ramping up his activity level in recent practices, and he was observed playing one-on-one at Monday's session. It's possible Leonard could miss a few more games, though he noted that he's not ruling himself out for Saturday's matchup with the Lakers.

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      Trailblazers' Meyers Leonard: Officially ruled out Sunday

      Leonard (shoulder) has been ruled out of Sunday's matchup with the Lakers, Casey Holdahl of reports. Leonard hasn't played since Nov. 11, as he's still recovering from a dislocated left shoulder. He's participated in some portions of practice for nearly a week now, but still isn't going to be able to make his return. Leonard remains without an exact recovery timeline, so consider him questionable for Tuesday's matchup with the Bulls. Most thought Leonard could miss upwards of a month, so he may be more than a week away from a return.

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      Trailblazers' Meyers Leonard: Ruled out Wednesday

      Leonard (shoulder) has officially been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Rockets. Leonard will miss his fourth straight game Wednesday, as he continues to deal with a dislocated left shoulder. He was able to do some light shooting prior to Monday's game, which could mean he's already seen some improvement in his shoulder. Considering most reports indicate he'll likely remain sidelined for upwards of a month, though, don't expect him back in the lineup anytime in the near future. Consider him doubtful for Friday's matchup with the Clippers.

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      Trailblazers' Meyers Leonard: Does light shooting Monday

      Leonard (shoulder) was able to do some light shooting prior to Monday's game against the Spurs, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports. Leonard was ultimately ruled out for a third straight game due to the dislocated left shoulder, but the fact that he was able to shoot suggests that perhaps the big man's injury isn't as serious as anticipated. The Trail Blazers never offered a concrete timetable for Leonard's recovery, but it had been speculated that he'd be sidelined at least a month due to the injury. Though it's not guaranteed that Leonard will miss such a long period of time, he'll probably need to take part in a few more basketball-related activities before he starts trending closer to a return.

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      Trailblazers' Meyers Leonard: Remains without return timetable

      Leonard (shoulder) remains without a timetable for his return, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports. Leonard will miss his third consecutive game Monday against San Antonio, but beyond that, his status still appears up in the air. Even so, after reports last week suggested Leonard could be sidelined for more than a month due to the dislocated shoulder, it's likely unwise to count on him returning soon. The Trail Blazers have started Chris Kaman and Noah Vonleh at power forward thus far in Leonard's absence, so it remains too early to discern which player might see the steepest uptick in minutes.

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      Trailblazers' Meyers Leonard: Could miss the next month

      Leonard (shoulder) could miss a month or more of action due to his shoulder dislocation, Jason Quick of Comcast SportsNet reports. Leonard suffered a dislocated shoulder is Wednesday's game. It was at first unclear what his return timetable would be but it now looks as though he will miss a month of action if not more. It is likely that either Ed Davis or Noah Vonleh will step in at starter or pick up a large portion of minutes in Leonard's absence.

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      Trailblazers' Meyers Leonard: Drains three three-pointers Sunday

      Leonard drained three three-pointers en route to 17 points (7-13 FG) in 33 minutes during Sunday's defeat to the Pistons. After drilling two treys in the season opener, the generally crisp Leonard went cold in the interim, going four consecutive games without a successful three and kicking off the campaign just 3-for-21 (14 percent) from beyond the arc. Channeling last year's playoff run, he hit three of five from deep Sunday, which owners should hope is a sign that his shooting slump has concluded. Outside of the lack of three-pointers to date, Leonard has recorded five or more boards in only three of seven games, or equivalent to a disastrous 5.2 rebounds per 36 minutes. For his career, he hasn't been a standout contributor in the category, by any means, but the uptick in minutes has yet to yield positive results on the glass.

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      Trailblazers' Meyers Leonard: Shakes off injury to post season-high point total Thursday

      Leonard (ankle) overcame his injury to post a season-high 14 points (5-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, and two assists over 27 minutes in Thursday's 115-96 victory over the Grizzlies. Leonard's health made quite the intra-day turnaround Thursday, with the fourth-year pro making the leap from a doubtful designation to the starting lineup in the space of several hours. Leonard then turned around and posted a season-best 14 points and 71 percent accuracy from the field, while draining his first three-pointer since the opener in the process. Charged with the unenviable and essentially impossible task of filling the shoes of the departed LaMarcus Aldridge at the four, Leonard nevertheless has the shown the ability to supply fantasy owners with solid offensive contributions if he receives a starter's share of minutes.

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