Noah Vonleh Injury: Updates on Trail Blazers Forward's Ankle and Return

Daniel Kramer@dkramer_Featured Columnist

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Portland Trail Blazers forward Noah Vonleh suffered an ankle injury on Feb. 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks and had not played since. However, he's ready to make his return to the court.

Continue for updates.

Vonleh Active vs. Rockets

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reported Vonleh is active for Wednesdy's game against Houston.

Vonleh Developing Slowly for Blazers

A look at the stat sheet, where Vonleh is currently averaging 3.7 points and 4.2 rebounds, and one would assume Vonleh is underachieving in his first season with the Blazers after being acquired from the Charlotte Hornets last offseason.

But Vonleh is only 20 and a green product Portland is committed to developing, per Dave Deckard of SB Nation:

Vonleh is 20 years old and has a body that won't quit. He doesn't show it often, but every once in a while he'll put on a move that leaves jaws dropping. No other big man on the team has the upside he does. A team in Portland's situation has to play him. It's like buying that Powerball ticket. The chances of winning big are infinitesimal, but if it does hit...wow. Minutes are cheap and plentiful on a team winning 40% of its games. Even if the odds are against Vonleh, Portland's investment is small compared to the possible reward.

Vonleh was installed in the starting rotation when Meyers Leonard went down with an injury in November, and he kept the spot when Leonard returned.

He's been an offensive liability when playing long stretches, but he’s primarily going up against opposing starters, which in turn can be viewed as a continuation of his maturation.

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