Blazers F Joel Freeland Tears Finger Ligament; No Surgery

Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers forward Joel Freeland tore a ligament in his right index finger, but the injury will not require surgery.

The Portland Trail Blazers announced Monday that forward Joel Freeland tore a ligament in his right index finger while on assignment to the D-League's Idaho Stampede last weekend. The injury, on his shooting hand, will not require surgery and he's listed as "questionable" for Thursday night's game against the Denver Nuggets and he will wear a splint if he does play.

Freeland was assigned to the Stampede on Friday for games on Friday and Saturday.

His results...

Friday: Joel Freeland, assigned just today to the Idaho Stampede from the Portland Trail Blazers, scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds as the Idaho Stampede won their first game of the year, a 105-91 final at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise.

Saturday: Joel Freeland, assigned to the Idaho Stampede from the Portland Trail Blazers, put up his second double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, but the home team lost to the Santa Cruz Warriors 115-93.

Freeland's agent wasn't pleased with the D-League assignment for his client although Blazers GM Neil Olshey said Freeland had a "great attitude" about his time in Boise.

Freeland did not play for the Blazers on Sunday night against the New Orleans Hornets because of the injury. He's averaging 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game this season.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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