Trail Blazers Forward To Miss Rest Of Season

Sometimes ankle sprains can resolve in a week or two. And sometimes they can linger... and linger and linger. In the case of Portland Trail Blazers forward Justise Winslow, he sustained a left ankle sprain on Dec. 21st. Three months later, he's still out. 

Now it appears that he won't be back at all this season. He received a "bone morrow aspirate concentrate" procedure within the past month, and the Blazers say he will "continue his rehab regimen and be re-evaluated in the coming weeks." The season comes to a close in three weeks, so that pretty much counts him out.

Winslow has had a series of injury setbacks in recent years, and has only managed to play an average of 28 games a season over the past four campaigns. 

The 27-year-old was a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, 10th overall by the Miami Heat. In eight seasons in the league, the 6'6" forward, who plays a strong defensive game, has averaged 8.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 26 minutes per game.

In 29 games with Portland his season, he averaged 6.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He'll become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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