The Portland Trail Blazers will have to forge ahead without guard Malcolm Brogdon for a little while longer. The team confirmed that Brogdon, who is dealing with tendinitis in his right elbow, is slated to be on the sidelines for at least two more weeks, as reported by ESPN. This announcement came down the pipe on Sunday, following a period of uncertainty regarding the veteran's health status.
Brogdon, who hasn't hit the hardwood since February 2, has been a solid contributor to the Blazers this season with averages of 15.7 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.8 rebounds. According to Blazers Edge, the guard received treatment to alleviate his elbow woes. Despite the All-Star break affording some respite with fewer games on the schedule, the injury couldn't have been timed poorly as the Blazers try to salvage their season.
The Trail Blazers have been grappling with various injuries this season, missing key player Anfernee Simons due to an ankle injury and second-year player Shaedon Sharpe, who underwent surgery for a core muscle issue and will be out of commission for six weeks. Adding to their misfortunes, they've been stumbling through a losing streak that seems to underscore their need of a break. As Bleacher Report notes, the Blazers sit precariously in the Western Conference with a disappointing 15-37 record.
Despite Brogdon's absence and the prevailing onslaught of injuries, Portland decided to keep Brogdon at the trade deadline, alluding to his significance as a seasoned leader for the youthful team. A silver lining amidst the injury cloud has appeared as the Blazers anticipate the return of their Sixth Man of the Year post the NBA trade deadline, which could help reignite their sputtering campaign. Seizing this enforced breather, the Trail Blazers will cross their fingers and hope to heal up before they hit the grind post-All-Star break.