Feb 7, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) drives to the basket between Portland Trail Blazers center Joel Freeland (19) and guard C.J. McCollum (3) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Portland 118-113 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Portland’s Joel Freeland out four-to-eight weeks with MCL sprain

Portland Trail Blazers center Joel Freeland suffered an MCL sprain in his right knee during the first quarter of Portland’s 98-95 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

The big man is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks of action.

Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge told reporters Freeland knew instantly that something was wrong after becoming entangled with Nicolas Batum’s leg on the fateful play:

I saw him when he went down and I was like, ‘Come on.’ He was like, ‘No, I’m done.’ I said, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, ‘I’m done.’ So he thought it was pretty serious, but you never know.

That’s tough. He’s definitely grown into his role this year of being that backup center, blocking shots, clogging the paint, and being great for us (Oregon Live).

Freeland is averaging 3.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 14 minutes-played per game this season. As he recovers from the MCL sprain, his spot in the rotation will likely be filled by second-year center Meyers Leonard.

[Source: Oregon Live]

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