Meyers Leonard activated tonight versus Bucks

Meyers Leonard activated tonight versus Bucks
January 19, 2013, 11:30 am

Tualatin, Ore. -- After missing the team's last 10 games, Portland Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts says center Meyers Leonard (ankle) will be activated tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Rose Garden.

However, Stotts is not sure if he'll actually see time tonight.

We'll see how the game goes,” Stotts told CSNNW.com. “Joel [Freeland] is in the rotation, Meyers is coming back from injury and I don't know if he's necessarily ready to play.”

The 7-0 rookie center went through a full practice yesterday and participated in shootaround this morning. He says he felt okay today.

It felt good,” Leonard said. “I was able to shoot jump-shots, cut, and jump-hooks. Obviously coming back the first couple of days, I'm not going to be able to jump like I was off two feet on my right foot. I still have all my explosion on my left foot, but as far as basketball goes, you never know what's going to happen.”

Leonard sprained 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.

He says if he's called upon tonight, he feels he can “definitely” make a positive contribution.

In 29 games, Leonard has averaged 4.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks while shooting 54 percent from the field.