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Freeman: Blazers F/C Joel Freeland (Knee) Targets Sunday Return

Portland Trail Blazers forward/center Joel Freeland wants to return to the court from a knee injury this week.


Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports that Portland Trail Blazers forward/center Joel Freeland is targeting a return to the court from a knee injury on Sunday after going through "contact" practice work on Tuesday.

"I felt pretty good, I was moving pretty well," Freeland said of his Tuesday workout. "We've got one more week left. Four games. I'm trying to get back for either the Golden State game or the Clippers game - I would really love to get back for Golden State. That would be the ideal situation for me."

And what are the odds?

"It's definitely feasible," he said.

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Update (Saturday): Erik Gundersen of The Columbian reports on Twitter that Freeland will be a game-time decision on Sunday.

Mike Tokito of The Oregonian reports on Twitter that Blazers coach Terry Stotts told reporters that he "would like to try to get Freeland into one of the last two games." Previously, Stotts had not discussed Freeland's availability.

Update (Sunday): Stotts said Freeland will be activated against the warriors.

Portland is set to host the Golden State Warriors on Sunday and then close out the 2013-14 season by hosting the Los Angeles Clippers on April 16.

Freeland suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee back on February 10 and the team placed his initial recovery timeline was placed at 4-to-8 weeks. So far, Freeland has been sidelined for eight weeks.

Freeland, 27, is in his second season with the Blazers after playing professionally in Spain for a number of years. He is averaging 3.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game this season.

In Freeland's absence, Blazers coach Terry Stotts has turned to reserve forwards Dorell Wright and Thomas Robinson.

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