Trail Blazers Notes: Henderson, Injury, K. Johnson, Lillard

Before leaving Friday’s game with a right shoulder injury, Trail Blazers guard Scoot Henderson showed why he’s considered one of the elite talents in this year’s draft class, writes Jason Quick of The Athletic.

In a matchup with Rockets rookie Amen Thompson, Henderson turned in a breathtaking performance with 15 points, six assists and five rebounds in 21 minutes before being pulled from the game midway through the third quarter. Quick notes that Henderson showed off his feel for the game and the highly touted physical skills that made him the No. 3 overall pick.

“He has so much fire,” Portland coach Chauncey Billups said. “He never hangs his head, even when things go bad. And he has an ability to bring guys with him, if that makes sense. At a young age, that’s not easy. And I’ll be honest with you: the fact he played in the G League for the last two years? At 17, he has led men already. He’s been doing this for a while and most people don’t put enough credit on that.”

Henderson wasn’t made available to reporters after the game, and the team didn’t offer an update on his condition. It wasn’t clear when or how the injury occurred, but he was scheduled for an evaluation Friday night, with more news likely to come today.

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  • Regardless of what the medical tests show, there’s a good chance Henderson won’t play any more in Las Vegas, Quick adds. He points out that the team had a similar situation last year with Shaedon Sharpe, who suffered a small labral tear in his left shoulder during his first game and was held out for the rest of Summer League. Henderson wasn’t in obvious pain after the game and didn’t have a sling or wrap on his shoulder, Quick tweets.
  • Keon Johnson will miss the rest of Summer League after dislocating his right index finger Friday night, according to Quick (Twitter link). Johnson battled through injuries last season, including a fractured finger.
  • Damian Lillard has put the Blazers in a difficult position with his insistence to be traded to the Heat, and it’s in the best interest of both sides to avoid a nasty separation, states Aaron Fentress of The Oregonian. Portland officials reportedly aren’t impressed by Miami’s initial offer, and there’s a chance that trade negotiations will drag on throughout the summer.
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