Portland Trail Blazers’ Injury Woes Continue

Dec 8, 2009

First Travis Outlaw underwent foot surgery that will cost him 3-5 months. Then Greg Oden, who was finally putting together a solid year, cracked his kneecap. Rudy Fernandez is the latest Trail Blazer to go on the shelf.

Rudy Fernandez
Rudy will miss a month or more underwent a procedure to relieve pressure on his back that is causing pain in his leg (read more about the procedure here). Few teams can handle a rash of injuries like this, but the Blazers are the exception. Their depth will allow them to continue their push for a playoff spot.

Rudy was averaging 23.3 minutes per game. Those minutes will be divided up between Martell Webster, who is the obvious choice to pick up the most slack, Jerryd Bayless, Andre Miller, and Steve Blake.

Webster’s numbers are remarkably similar to Rudy’s. He gives them more athleticism when he’s in the lineup, though he’s not quite the shooter Rudy is.  He should see increases across the board.

Brandon Roy could actually see his assists take a dip as the Blazers use more three-guard sets with Roy teaming up with a combination of Miller, Blake, and Bayless.

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