Leonard: Flip a Coin
Lillard Takes Over Leonard Interview
Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard (ankle) returned to practice today and says it's a 50-50 chance he suits up Saturday night vs the Milwaukee Bucks at the Rose Garden.
Leonard says he went through a full practice, but pulled himself out from time to time just for precautionary measures. Tomorrow at shootaround or pre-game warmups, Leonard says he will test his ankle and mobility before making a final decision on playing or not.
“I feel like I was close today, but there's no doubt about it that I had a little limitation,” Leonard told CSNNW.com. “I wasn't as explosive and I'll get back to that. I was pretty confident today. I just have to continue to strengthen it and I'll be back to normal. I'm hopeful I'm a go tomorrow.”
Nicolas Batum said Leonard looked good out there today, but says the real challenge will be during his second full practice.
“You always feel good the first practice, Batum said. “You're fresh and excited. Then when the second one comes around, that's when reality starts and you really find out then where your body is.”
Leonard has missed the team's last 10 games after spraining his right ankle in the third quarter of a 89-85 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 29. Throughout this process, he has been working on building up his legs and building a stronger base in hopes of preventing further ankle injuries.
“My core and upper body have always been pretty strong,” he said. “I'm just trying to even out everything and my legs are what I needed to focus on.”
In 29 games, Leonard has averaged 4.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks while shooting 54 percent from the field.