CHICAGO – Portland Trail Blazers forward/center Joel Freeland says he has re-tore a ligament in his right index finger.
This recent misfortune occurred in the first half of Tuesday night's 102-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks when the Freeland got his finger tangled up in an opponent's jersey. He says he felt a tingling sensation shoot up his arm when it happened and knew right then and there, that it was back to square one.
“It feels just like when I first injured it,” Freeland told CSNNW.com. “It affects the way I shoot and I just took off the wrap I've been wearing a few days ago because it was feeling much better. I'm disappointed, but there's nothing I can do right now.
“It's something I'll have to play with for the remainder of the season.”
Freeland, 26, initially sustained the injury during a weekend stint playing for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League back in December.
He participated in yesterday's practice and Thursday's shootaround. The 6-10 rookie doesn't expect to miss any games because of it and surgery will not be needed.
In 39 appearances, he is averaging 2.5 points on 44 percent from the field in 8.5 minutes a game.
Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts answers a few questions during shootaround:
Where is this team at mentally?
“I think we're where we've been most of the season. We're ready to play another game and compete and trying to win a game. We're clearly disappointed to start 0-2. It really affects our playoff chances, but it doesn't affect how we go about our business.”
Are you constantly looking at the standings?
“If we don't win, then looking at other teams doesn't matter. If we string together some wins, then we can start looking at other teams. But right now, our focus is on what we're doing.”
Thoughts on your remaining schedule?
“We have our work cut out for us.”