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Update: Powell Avoids Serious Knee Injury

The wing left the game with a left knee issue halfway through the second quarter of Portland-Phoenix.

Sacramento Kings v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Portland Trail Blazers wing Norman Powell left the second quarter of tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns after suffering a left knee injury.

The starting wing left the court and headed straight to the locker room with 5.43 left in the second quarter against the Suns.

The dynamic wing was enjoying a strong start to the contest, recording 16 points on 6 of 8 shots, including two three pointers, along with two rebounds. He recorded 14 points on 33 percent shooting and five rebounds in the team’s opening night loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

Powell also suffered a hip injury in the first preseason game against the Golden State Warriors earlier this month.

This summer, Powell signed a five year, $90 million contract to remain with the Blazers, solidifying him as the team’s starting small forward.

The extent of the knee injury is still to be determined. We will update this post as news becomes available.

UPDATE:

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Powell has avoided serious injury after undergoing an MRI, however the full extent of the injury is yet to be revealed.