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Rebound-challenged Blazers lose Camby to ankle injury

CBSSports.com wire reports

Even with Marcus Camby, the Trail Blazers had been challenged on the rebounding front much of the season.

Now the battle gets tougher without the veteran center, who went down with a left ankle injury in the first half of Friday's 99-83 loss at San Antonio.

X-rays were negative, but it appears he will be out of action for a while.

Portland coach Nate McMillan said he is leaning toward going with a small lineup in Saturday's game at Houston, with Nicolas Batum starting in place of Camby and Kurt Thomas getting more center duty off the bench.

"Injuries are going to happen, but Camby's the backbone of that defense," the Portland coach said. "He anchors a lot of things. Kurt has to come in and play, and we'll slide LaMarcus [Aldridge] into the five-spot some."

McMillan wasn't happy that his Blazers (7-4) were hammered by the Spurs 50-36 on the boards.

"They don't have any monsters in the paint," McMillan said. "Rebounding is about work. We know we need to be a better rebounding team, so everybody has to play a part in that. There were some times we were assuming a teammate was going to get the board."

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