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Justise Winslow Out at Least 2 Weeks With Ankle Injury
Portland will be without its sixth man for at least the next two weeks.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Coming off a disappointing 2-4 road trip, the Trail Blazers got another tough piece of injury news. The team announced on Monday that forward Justise Winslow, who has served as their sixth man for most of the season, will be re-evaluated in two weeks after suffering a Grade 2 left ankle sprain.
"It's tough to lose a guy like that," head coach Chauncey Billups said Monday evening, minutes after the announcement. "He does so much for us, at both sides of the floor. He does some playmaking for us, facilitates some. We can run the offense through him."
Winslow suffered the injury last Wednesday, during the Blazers' second of two losses in Oklahoma City on the road trip, and then missed Friday's loss in Denver. He is currently in a walking boot and walking on crutches, but the team doesn't appear to think it's a long-term injury.
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"It's tough to lose him, but I think it could have been a lot worse," Billups said. "After looking at the injury, I think we were all relieved that it could have been worse. We'll just have to see how it turns out. We're going to miss him, though."
With Winslow out, look for guard Keon Johnson and forward Jabari Walker to get extended minutes, unless Gary Payton II is able to return in that time. However, Billups hasn't fully figured out what the minutes distribution will be without Winslow.
"Keon has been playing well in his minutes," Billups said. "But not really [a set plan]. You've just got to do it collectively and see how it goes."