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Scoot Henderson Out for Showdown vs. Victor Wembanyama, Day-to-Day at Summer League
Henderson suffered a shoulder injury in his Summer League debut.
LAS VEGAS — The sequel to last fall's Victor Wembanyama-Scoot Henderson showdown will have to wait until whenever the Trail Blazers and Spurs face off in the regular season.
On Saturday, Henderson underwent an MRI on the right shoulder injury he suffered in the third quarter of his Summer League debut on Friday against Houston. The team is officially calling the injury a strain and announced on Saturday evening that Henderson will miss the game against Wembanyama and be listed as "day-to-day" going forward.
After practice on Saturday afternoon on the UNLV campus, Henderson said his shoulder was "getting better." The fact that he hasn't been ruled out for the rest of Summer League is an encouraging sign that the injury is not serious. Last year, Shaedon Sharpe suffered a small labral tear in his shoulder five minutes into his Summer League debut and, although he didn't require surgery, was immediately ruled out for the rest of the event.
Henderson said he suffered the injury after going up for a dunk in the third quarter when Rockets forward Jabari Smith Jr. came down "pretty hard" on his shoulder.
Henderson was impressive in his Blazers debut before the injury, scoring 13 points in the first quarter.
"I think I played pretty smooth," he said Saturday after practice. "There's definitely things I need to improve on, just little things in my game that I could really perfect and master. But, first game, got a lot of work to do."
The showdown against Wembanyama would have been the main event of the entire Summer League—even though Henderson was picked No. 3 overall, he was the second-most hyped prospect in the draft. With that now off the table, the next time Henderson may take the court is Tuesday against Charlotte and No. 2 overall pick Brandon Miller.
"I love big lights and huge stages," he said. "It's like a movie."