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Derrick Jones, Jr. Injured in Blazers-Nuggets Preseason Game

Portland’s starting small forward suffers a back contusion after a nasty fall.

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Derrick Jones, Jr. suffered an injury, later identified as a back contusion, during the third quarter of the Portland Trail Blazers’ game with the Denver Nuggets tonight. Jones sustained the bruise off of a fall after an alley-oop at the 10:36 mark of the third quarter.

Here’s video of the play, courtesy of NBCSports Northwest.

He was removed from the game and soon after the team announced he would not return.

Jones joined the Blazers this season, signing as a free agent after playing the last 2.5 seasons with the Miami Heat. He has since started at small forward for the Blazers during all four pre-season games. He earned the 2020 Slam Dunk Contest crown during All-Star weekend and is known as one of the best high-flyers in the NBA.

The Blazers will begin the 2020-21 regular season next Wednesday night, hosting the Utah Jazz.

We will bring you updates as news filters out.