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DALLAS -- Frustrated with how slow he’s progressing, Portland Trail Blazers forward Joel Freeland went and got a second opinion from a knee specialist on Tuesday to better gauge his condition, CSNNW.com was informed Wednesday night.
According to a person tuned in with the power forward’s situation, nothing new surfaced as a result of the visit: “It’s just going to take more time than expected.”
The individual added that the plan is now to get a few regular season games under his belt before the playoffs begin.
Freeland, 27, sprained his MCL in his right knee in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 11. The timetable for his return was set to four-to-eight weeks. It has been a little over three weeks since the injury occurred and Freeland is nowhere near returning, according to a report from Jason Quick of the Oregonian.
In 51 appearances as the backup center, Freeland is averaging 3.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 13.8 minutes per game.