The Trail Blazers’ thin frontcourt has taken another hit. Skal Labissiere underwent a pair of MRIs, which revealed a left knee articular cartilage lesion. The injury will put the big man out of action for at least four weeks, according to the team’s website.
Labissiere suffered the injury during the team’s December 28 contest against the Lakers. He will be re-evaluated in early February.
The big man was eligible to sign a rookie-scale extension with the Blazers prior to the season but didn’t come to terms with the club. He is averaging 5.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists on 55.1% shooting this season.
Portland is already without injured big men Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins, so Hassan Whiteside will be leaned on for heavy minutes at center, while Carmelo Anthony, Mario Hezonja, and Anthony Tolliver will be among those who fill out the frontcourt rotation.