A couple injured Blazers return, Freeland injures hand

A couple injured Blazers return, Freeland injures hand
October 13, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Ask Dwight - Blazers preseason issues & injuries

TUALATIN -- There's some good news and some bad news.

The good news is Meyers Leonard (foot), Earl Watson (calf) and Dorell Wright returned to practice for the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday morning. At least two of those three should be major contributors this season. So to get them back in the fold is huge.

"Slowly but surely they're coming back," head coach Terry Stotts said. "Today was a relatively light day. A lot of teaching, recovering a little bit and then tomorrow should be a pretty competitive practice."

Nicolas Batum (concussion) did not practice this morning as he expects to take his final concussion test Monday morning and hopefully get back on the practice court Tuesday. 

He says he has to take it easy today. The small forward is still experiencing slight headaches, but he's optimistic he''ll be back in a couple of days.

"I'm not concerned," he said. "If all goes well. Hopefully I'll be ready to go on Tuesday. Hopefully."

And here comes the bad news.

Joel Freeland injured his right hand this morning in practice after being hit on it during a shot attempt. He says he continued to play on it for a while, but it got progressively worse. He described it as "throbbing" on the front and back of his hand with some swelling.

This is the same hand that he tore a ligament in last season. It was his index finger, though this recent injury isn't effecting that finger.

An X-ray will be performed this afternoon to gauge the severity.

"I didn't think anything of it because I kept playing. It just started getting worse after a little while, I couldn't even move my fingers. It was throbbing in the front and back. I don't think it's anything serious. And if it is, it's a finger. I have a lot more. It's a finger, I don't need to shoot. I can play defense."